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There have been reports suggesting that polypropylene (PP) monofilament sutures are associated with mechanical failure. To overcome this problem, a new monofilament suture made from polyvinylidene fluoride, under the trade name of Teflene, has been developed. Few studies have measured the in vitro properties of Teflene sutures, and those that have, have(More)
The relationship between surface tension and roughness is reviewed. The Cassie-Baxter model is restated in its original form, which better describes the most general cases of surface roughness. Using mechanical and chemical surface modification of nylon 6,6 woven fabric, an artificial superhydrophobic surface was prepared. A plain woven fabric mimicking the(More)
Fungi are an important class of human pathogens for which considerable research has gone into defeating them. The photodynamic effects of rose bengal (RB), phloxine B (PB), azure A (AA), and toluidine blue O (TBO) dyes to inhibit Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus niger, Trichoderma viride, Penicillium funiculosum, and Chaetomium globosum were investigated(More)
Small drops can move spontaneously on conical fibers. As a drop moves along the cone, it must change shape to maintain a constant volume, and thus, it must change its surface energy. Simultaneously, the exposed surface area of the underlying cone must also change. The associated surface energies should balance each other, and the drop should stop moving(More)
Bloodstains are often observed at violent crime scenes and on the skin and clothing of persons involved. The diameters of the blood drops that created these stains are related to the force or energy that caused these drops to become airborne. This has resulted in several attempts to determine the diameter of the original drops, beginning with the methods(More)
iii In memory of Grandma (" Grannie ") and Buck Dedicated to Jordan iv ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS First of all, I want to thank the Lord Almighty for giving me the ability to complete such an educational task and for giving me the strength and courage to go on day by day. This experience has shown me that through God, all things are possible. Next, I would like to(More)
PURPOSE One of the current challenges for the medical device industry is how to manufacture and assemble biomedical implants consisting of a metallic wire component and a fluorocarbon film without the use of an adhesive. In an attempt to answer this question, samples of Nitinol wire and fluorinated ethylene-propylene (FEP) film were surface modified by(More)
Textiles may provide valuable bloodstain evidence to help piece together events or activities at violent crime scenes. However, in spite of over 75 years of research, there are still difficulties encountered in many cases in the interpretation and identification of bloodstains on textiles. In this study, we dripped porcine blood onto three types of fabric(More)
Gramicidin is thought to form dimeric helical rods in alcohol solutions. In addition, there is evidence that the rod dimensions change upon addition of potassium ions. The present work reports values for the translational and rotational diffusion coefficients of gramicidin in methanol and 95% ethanol and in these same solvents with added KSCN. Solution(More)
Bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA) of bloodstains on hard, non-porous surfaces has found widespread use in crime scene analysis and reconstruction for violent crimes in which bloodshed occurs. At many violent crime scenes, bloody clothing is also found and may be analyzed. However, to date, there are no definitive methods for analyzing bloodstains on(More)