Jeff Hopkins, on 10/15/18 8:30 AM
Fluid system leaks are a common occurrence in most plants. But even the smallest leak can result in major safety and profitability costs. Swagelok engineers have documented a combination of human error and unsuitable components as the causes of most leaks. Learn the types of leaks to look for, how to detect them, and how to prioritize their repair.
Jeff Hopkins, on 10/12/18 8:45 AM
Graphene, a 2D material made from a layer of carbon one atom thick, is the strongest material known to date, but not very practical in its 2D form. Scientists at Virginia Tech and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have devised a way to 3D print graphene that would make it easier to use yet preserve many of its 2D mechanical and conductivity properties.
Although of varying designs, all nuclear engines built to date have had at least one thing in common: their only output is heat. They all apply that heat to a medium, such as water, to convert heat to electricity using a turbine. A new design would bypass the medium and use nuclear heat directly, dramatically lowering costs and waste byproducts.
Jeff Hopkins, on 10/9/18 9:00 AM
Scientists from South Australia’s Flinders University have developed a super sponge composed of two waste products that can absorb boatloads of oil, be wrung out and reused, and is cheap to make.
Jeff Hopkins, on 10/5/18 8:30 AM
Sequestering carbon—capturing carbon and storing it long-term—is a critical part of the strategy for mitigating or slowing global warming. Minerals that do it naturally tend to be very slow about it—on the order of hundreds or thousands of years. Now researchers in Canada think they have found a way to cheaply speed up the process.