In pursuit of environmental sustainability, polymers filled with bio-particulates are replacing
traditional plastic components. Epoxy Polymer composites of eggshell powder were prepared
at filler contents of 10 wt%, 20 wt%, 30 wt%. the particle size of the eggshell powder was 75
μm, 180 μm, and 250 μm. The composite samples were prepared using the Carver Inc.
Hydraulic Press (3851-0) by compression molding and the resulting composites were produced in sheets. Some mechanical properties of the composite were determined. the result showed that the eggshell powder improved the tensile modulus, flexural strength and impact strength of the polymer these properties increased with increase in the filler content and decrease in the
filler size. But at 30 wt% a decrease in these properties were observed which can be attributed
to agglomeration and stress concentration effects. Highlighting the fact that the dispersion and distribution of filler particles within the matrix play a crucial role in determining the mechanical properties. Inhomogeneities in mixing or particle clustering could lead to variations in the measured properties.
In this paper, the Born-Mayer potential is used to describe the core-shell polystyrene nanoparticle and the Schrodinger equation for this nanoparticle is solved rigorously using the Nikiforov-Uvarov (NU) method to obtain the exact bound state solutions and energy spectrum. This is achieved by inserting the Born-Mayer potential into the Time Independent Schrödinger Equation (TISE), obtaining the radial part and solving, exactly, for the expectation values of the energy spectrum and the corresponding eigenfunctions applying the Nikiforov Uvarov (NU) method. The eigenvalue expression obtained is similar to earlier work on Soliton solution in nonlinear lattice with the nearest neighbor Born-Mayer interaction.
The activity concentrations of natural radionuclides 238U, 232Th and 40K in soil samples from Kudan Local Government Area irrigation farming areas have been evaluated using gamma-ray
spectrometry. The results of the activity concentrations of 238U, 232Th and 40K range between
18.15 to 34.66 Bq/kg, 16.01 to 18.83 Bq/kg and 205.51 to 461.25 Bq/kg respectively. The
activity concentration of 40K was seen to be higher than the world average value of 370 Bq/kg
at Kauran Wali South (GO3K) 375.25 Bq/kg, Doka (GB1K) 389.60 Bq/kg, Kauran Wali North
(GB2K) 420.15 Bq/kg, Likoro (GB4K) 383.65 Bq/kg, Garu (GB5K) 461.25 Bq/kg, Zabi
(GB6K) 372.76 Bq/kg and Kudan (GB7K) 382.50 Bq/kg. The activity concentrations of 238U
and 232Th were observed to be high at Garu (GB5K), with values of 34.66 and 18.83 Bq/kg
respectively, however, these values were still below the world average value of 40 Bq/kg as
reported by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation
(UNSEAR) in 2000. The average values for the indoor absorbed dose rate (Din), Internal
Hazard Index (Hin), External Hazard Index (Hex) and Indoor Annual Effective Dose (ADE)
were evaluated to be 83.07 nGy/hr, 0.35, 0.28 and 0.41 mSv respectively. The estimated
radiological indices were seen to fall within the internationally acceptable limits except for the
indoor absorbed dose rate (Din) whose values were all higher than the acceptable limit of 60
nGy/hr as recommended by UNSCEAR in 2000. The high values obtained from this study
could be attributed to the excessive use of fertilizers by the farmers within the study area.
Electrical resistivity techniques of geophysical prospecting have been used to evaluate the
groundwater potential of the University of Abuja Health Services Centre at the main campus.
This research aims to identify suitable locations for productive wells and boreholes, determine
the depth of the bedrock, as well as measure resistivity and overburden thickness. The survey
employed Vertical Electrical Sounding (VES) along five profiles, comprising fifty (50) VES
stations covering the survey area. The resistivity data obtained are analysed using IPI2win
software. The analysis of the resistivity data revealed that the survey area can be divided into
four geoelectric layers: topsoil, clayey sand, weathered layer, and fresh basement. The
resistivity values of these layers range from 38.7-1427 Ωm, 16.2-310 Ωm, 32.1-1714 Ωm and
1007-9528 Ωm respectively. The fresh basement layer was found to have an infinite thickness.
Significantly, potential regions with low resistivity values indicating the presence of
groundwater were identified at a depth of 18.3 m. Furthermore, the average overburden
thickness in the study area was 35 m while the longitudinal conductance of the overburden
ranges from 0.04 – 1.87 mho. Results obtained indicate the main aquifer in the area consists of
a thick weathered layer of overburden and a weathered basement with relatively low resistivity,
suggesting a potentially productive groundwater yield. This information is crucial for future
planning and decision-making regarding the siting of wells and boreholes and the sustainable
utilisation of groundwater resources in the University of Abuja main campus.
A study of the occurrence of the first intense Geomagnetic storm (G4) to hit the Earth since the start of the Solar Cycle 25 is carried out. This study analyzed the Geomagnetic Storm that occurred between the 28th of October and the 7th of November 2021. The values of the Disturbance storm time (Dst) index of the storm reach -115 nT (G4) which occurred on the 4th of November at 1300UT. The storm is the first intense magnetic storm that occurred in the solar cycle 25. It is also a multiple-step storm with moderate two-step storm occurrence which occurred on the 5th and 6th of November at 1500UT and 0600UT respectively towards the recovery phase after the intense storm. The interplanetary magnetic field (IMF)Bz (nT) during these storm events decreases. Our analysis shows that the rise in solar wind speed, temperature and the enhancement of pressure plays a significant role in the occurrence of the first intense Geomagnetic storm of Solar Cycle 25.
An electrical resistivity investigation was carried out in parts of the College of Education
(Technical) Asaba to delineate the subsurface lithologic units with special emphasis on the competence and suitability for engineering foundations. A total of ten (10) vertical electrical
sounding and two (2) horizontal profiling stations were covered within the study area using the
Schlumberger and dipole-dipole configurations. The acquired data was analyzed using WinResist and RES2DINV Software; the subsurface within the study area is composed of mostly 3 geoelectric layers: topsoil, clay/sandy clay/clayey sand and sand. The second and third
layers have relatively low resistivity ranging between 29 – 94 Ωm and consist of incompetent clayey material underlying about 60 % of the investigated study area. The interpreted field results showed a significant clay overburden that is over 5 m thick. A fourth layer of sand with resistivity values ranging between 451 – 1258 Ωm was encountered at depths between 4.9 – 11.5 m; the thickness of this layer with reference from the borehole log is greater than 20 m. It is therefore recommended that the incompetent clayey material be avoided or excavated before
constructing any structure.
This study examined the levels of metals (Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Zr, Nb, Mo, Ag, Sn, Sb, Ta, Pt, Au, Pb, and Bi) in onion bulbs and leaves in light of the latent toxicity, unsolvable character, and snowballing behaviour of heavy metals. The onion bulbs and leaves were randomly selected from the Samaru market chopped, dried, and ground
into a powder for X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (XRF) measurement. Except for
concentrations of Si, Ti, Zr, and Ag, with the value of 9.996, 4.051, 2.047 and 2.082 mg/kg in
the onion bulbs and 20.23, 5.861, 1.175 and 1.538 mg/kg in the onion leaves respectively,
which were higher than the permissible level of 0.800, 0.530, 0.000005 and 0.014 respectively,
all the metals analysed were at or below the World Health Organization's (WHO) permissible
limit. The findings generally indicated that Si, Ti, Zr, and Ag poisoning could result from eating onion bulbs and leaves from the Samaru market due to the Si, Ti, Zr, and Ag health risks. To avoid metal poisoning and subsequent bioaccumulation of the metal in the systems of
consumers and the ecosystem at large, there is a need for a quarterly examination of the metal content in the onion bulb and onion leaf in the Samaru market.
The physical properties of crystalline compounds are highly essential for predicting their
applications in various nanodevices. Density functional theory is very useful in that regard.
Herein, some physical properties such as structural stability, and electronic, optical and
mechanical properties of two-phase bulk WSe2 have been comparatively investigated by first
principle calculations. Band structure calculations elucidate that the materials are indirect band
gap semiconductors having band gap energy in the range 1-1.5 eV. It was observed that the
hexagonal crystal has higher absorption coefficients compared to the trigonal phase. Analysis
of elastic constants of the materials carried out using the Born criteria method indicates that all
systems are mechanically stable at room temperature. Our findings are in close agreement with
the previous experimental and theoretical results, this further suggests that the materials are
promising in optoelectronics applications.
A geophysical study has been carried out using the electrical resistivity method, Very LowFrequency Electromagnetic (VLF-EM) and physiochemical analysis to investigate the effects
of groundwater contamination in the vicinity of an open dumpsite at Idugosa. A Vertical
Electrical sounding was carried out at 100 m away from the dumpsite and the results revealed
an H-type curve with 3- layers, with a low resistivity value of 90.0 Ωm, thickness of 9.8 m and
depth of 11.3 m at the weathered basement. The control VES revealed 5 –layers of HK-type
curve. The resistivity of the weathered and fractured basement ranged from 241.8 Ωm to 2908.4
Ωm with a thickness range of 3.5 m to 13.6 m and a depth range of 5.6 m to 19.1 m. Results
of the horizontal profiling using Wenner profiling revealed a low resistivity value of 1.6 Ωm to
3.8 Ωm at a depth of 15 m to 30 m, concentrated at stations 20 to 100. The bottom of the western
part showed that the leachate plume had infiltrated and contaminated the groundwater in the
zone. The VLF-EM with the three profiles revealed high current density values on the KarousHjelt filter plot at distances of 20 m to 38 m for profile 1, 25 m to 50 m and 75 m to 95 m for
profile 2, revealing the presence of contaminants which is mainly from decayed organic matter
from waste bodies and heavy metals from the dumpsite. Profile 3 which is further away from
profile 1 revealed that the contamination is reduced as we move further away from the dumpsite
at about 10 m to 20 m, 50 m to 60 m and 90 m respectively. The physio-chemical analysis
results showed a pH range of 6.73 – 7.17 which is within the World Health Organization
(WHO) standard (6.5 - 8.5). The Electrical Conductivity (EC) value of the Idugosa dumpsite
was found to be 804.9 μS/cm, which is above the WHO standard for EC values, which should
not exceed 400 μS/cm. This high value can be attributed to the infiltration of the leachate plume
from the dumpsite. The EC for Idugosa control which is 188.0 μS/cm is within the WHO limit
for groundwater, thus its safe for consumption.
Kidney failure has become a growing problem at Hadejia Emirates over the last decade. This can be attributed to water pollution, possibly due to heavy metal contamination of River Hadejia that affects organisms living in it, such as fish. This study is aimed to determine the
concentration of heavy metals (As, Cd, Cr, Pb) in two fish muscles. The research was conducted on tilapia and catfish where two samples of both fishes were used. The fish tissues were cut and oven-dried at 110 °C, and then a motor and pestle were used to powder the dried fish
sample. A wet digestion method was used based on the analytical methods for Atomic
Absorption Spectrometry (AAS). The result obtained shows that the concentrations of heavy
metals (Cr, Cd, As and Pb) in both fishes were found to be 0.3220 ± 0.0028; 0.1656 ± 0.002
(𝑚𝑔/𝑘𝑔), 0.0319 ± 0.0018; 0.0333 ± 0.0018 (𝑀𝑔/𝑘𝑔), 0.0697 ± 0.0011; 0.1035 ± 0.0015
(𝑚𝑔/𝑘𝑔) and 1.008 ± 0.0035; 0.600 ± 0.002 (𝑚𝑔/𝑘𝑔) respectively. The mean concentration value of the two samples of both tilapia and catfish were found to be above WHO standard limit except for cadmium in tilapia which is below WHO standard limit.
Borate glass systems have been extensively studied for practical applications in optical display
devices by virtue of their peculiar luminescence efficiency. However, the attainment of high
emission from borate glass materials via apposite control of rare earth ions (REIs) contents
remains a topical issue in Material Physics. In this paper, we report the influence
of REIs (Dy3+, Eu3+, and Sm3+) on multiple-colour emission of magnesium sodium borate
(MSB) glasses fabricated by using the conventional melt-quenching method. These glasses were optically characterized via X-ray Diffraction (XRD), UV-VIS-NIR and
Photoluminescence techniques. The XRD pattern confirms the amorphous nature of the as-prepared glasses. The absorption spectra disclosed several absorption bands at 347 nm (6H15/2 → 6P7/2) for Dy3+, 393 nm (7F0 → 5L6) for Eu3+ and 403 nm (6H5/2 →6P5/2) assigned for Sm3+ respectively. Also, the emission spectra radiate at 463 nm (4F9/2 → 6F11/2 + 6H9/2), 612 nm (5D0 → 7FJ) and 599 nm (4G5/2 → 6H7/2) for Dy3+, Eu3+, and Sm3+ correspondingly, wherein Dy3+ emits blue, yellow, and red light, Eu3+ emits red light and Sm3+ emits reddish-orange light. Finally, 1.0 mol% content of Dy3+, Eu3+, and Sm3+ in MSB glasses was found to be optimal and hence considered the best optical host for colour display devices.
VLF-EM geophysical technique was employed to delineate potential cassiterite mineralization
at Rafin Bareda, Dutsen-Wai, Kubau Local Government area of Kaduna state, North Western,
Nigeria. A total area of 3.025 km2 was covered along eleven (11) traverses separated by 25m
with a measurement interval of 10m taken in the East-West direction. The response of the inphase component revealed various anomalous zones while Fraser-filtered plots of the in-phase
peaked over the anomalous zones and the Karous-Hjelt filtered response of the in-phase
correlates quite well with the results of the Fraser filtered data. In order to achieve the aim of
the investigation, and since the VLF data was collected in the magnetic mode, enhancement
procedures such as reduced to equator and analytical signal techniques were applied to the
Fraser Filtered response of the In-phase component and correspondingly, Center for
Exploration Targeting (CET), Source Parameter Imaging and Euler Deconvolution algorithms
of the Oasis Montaj were successively employed to delineate potential mineralization zones
and best locations for drilling productive cassiterite in the study area. Enhanced maps show
linear features trending in the NE-SW and NW-SE directions with minor traces in the N-S
direction. Most of the delineated zones of high analytical signal signature were either
intercepted or flanked by the extracted lineament which is indicative of positive correlation
between the extracted lineament and the high amplitude response of the analytical signal and
also, validated the occurrence and positioning of the cassiterite mineral deposits is greatly
controlled by the lineament system across the study area and the development of conductive
zones of high apparent current with positive values reflects inferred subsurface structural
fractures and/or mineralized zones. Depths evaluation analysis from the Euler Deconvolution
(ED) technique using structural index of 1, ranged from 5 m to 15 m while depths varying from
4.9 m to 13.7 m were obtained from the Source parameter imaging technique.
In this paper the economics of a small-scale humidification dehumidification desalination
(HDD) unit driven by a concentrating v-trough solar thermal collector is explained. A
comparative analysis using the net present value method was carried out for when the system
is operated using solar energy and electricity from fossil fuels. The system could provide
different amount of fresh water depending on mode of operation. It was shown that by end of
year six the investment for the solar system reaches breakeven when compared to the electric
system. The analysis also considers the amount of carbon savings that could be achieved and
final cost of water produced per cubic meter. The factors that influence the systems economic
viability are the outputs and costs of the desalination unit and solar collector systems, the cost
of alternative energy source, cost of operation and maintenance, and the geographic location
of the system, i.e. solar intensity, environmental temperature and humidity.
The objective of this paper is to evaluate briquettes produced through quaternary level
combination of four types of common sawdusts from major wood sources. This was achieved
by producing seven briquettes made up of four primary sawdusts and three from
combinations of all primary saw dusts in rations of 25% each, 60/40 rations of A and B and C
and D and vice versa (i.e. 40/60 %). The sawdust samples are from four different wood species; Terminalia superba (Afara), Khaya ivorensis (Mohagany), Anogeissus leiocarpus (Marke) and Isoberlina doka (Ububa/Doka). The samples of the sawdust were collected from selected sawmills in Kaduna, Nigeria. Proximate analysis was applied when evaluating the
produced briquettes. The results of proximate analysis for the seven sawdust briquette
samples tested shows the range of values as; moisture content is 4.3 – 5.0%, ash content (0.7 – 4.2) %, volatile matter (81.5 – 90.8) % and fixed carbon (7.7 – 18.0) %. Calorific Values (CV) are within the range of (17.202 – 18.933) MJ/Kg. The results of proximate analysis of all seven sawdust briquette produced shows that heterogeneous sawdust samples at quaternary levels (or perhaps even at higher levels) of combination do not necessarily
produce briquette with much higher CV, as show in difference between the highest and
lowest CVs obtained with a difference of 1.072 MJ/kg.
In this study, the development of briquettes from agricultural waste mainly rice and maize husk
is presented. A 0.12 kg of each sample with a combination ratio of 1:1 was used in the buildup. The results obtained shows that, rice husk, maize husk and the combination of rice and maize husk have calorific value of 15.27 kJ/kg, 17.13 kJ/kg and 16.20 kJ/kg, moisture contents of 78.8 %, 86.8 % and 79.1 %, ash contents of 39.74 %, 18.07 % and 13.39 % and densities of 1084.3 kg/m3, 1011.5 kg/m3 and 1012.4 kg/m3 respectively. The research shows that briquette made from maize husk has the highest calorific value that can meet domestic use as an alternative fuel compared to briquttes from rice husk and the combination of rice and maize husk.