Swagelok Northern California Blog

2D Gold ‘Nanoseaweed’ Could One Day be More Effective than Graphene

A new form of gold just two atoms thick is 10 times more efficient than the current gold nanoparticles used as a catalytic substrate. Its high surface-to-volume ratio and flexibility also give it potential for use in bendable screens, electronic inks, and transparent conducting displays.

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How Thorough Testing Ensures Reliable Regulator Performance

Pressure regulators rated for use at subzero temperatures must control pressure while reacting to system changes in extreme conditions; failure can lead not only to loss of property and profit, but could threaten operator safety. Where cold temperatures threaten crucial component functionality, meticulous regulator engineering and well thought out, lab-based analysis stand between success and failure.

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Video: Praxair Stays On The Safe Side With Swagelok Products


In any country and in any language, Swagelok still means safety, reliability and innovation

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Liquid Metal Research: New Solutions for the Energy Transition

The Liquid Metal Competence Platform Karlsruhe (LIMCKA) pools the expertise of many institutes and laboratories of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Their aim is to develop liquid metal technologies that will may be able to accelerate the decoupling of the energy system from carbon that is crucial to averting catastrophic global warming.

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Researchers Discover Traditional Fluid Flow Observations May Miss the Big Picture

A new study reveals that restricting fluid flow observations to before and after comparisons may miss important chemical reactions in flowing fluids. The discovery of microscopic variations that disappear by the end of the observation period has profound implications for industrial, environmental, and biological fields.

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X-ray Analysis of Carbon Nanostructures Helps Material Design

Nanostructures made of carbon are extremely versatile: they can desalinate water, store gases, and absorb ions in batteries and supercapacitors. This versatility requires that the distribution, size and shape of the structure’s pores be controlled. Now a team from the HZB Institute for Soft Matter and Functional Materials and the University of Tartu, Estonia has developed a small-angle X-ray scattering technique to gather information on the structure.

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How to Select the Right Sample Preconditioning Module

In an analytical sampling system, you may need to precondition your sample prior to analysis. You’ll choose your preconditioning module based on the type of sample-transport system and the sample’s current phase—gas or liquid. You may need a field station module installed near the tap, or a fast-loop module installed near the analyzer.

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Do It Right: Proper Tube Preparation

A leak-tight connection starts with clean tubing cut to the right size


"Deciding which tubing to use depends on many factors. The key ones are the outside diameter of the tubing, the wall thickness of the tubing, and the material of the tubing and tube fittings."

- From FAQ: Which tubing should I use with Swagelok tube fittings?

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New Sensor Could Shake Up Earthquake Response Efforts

A new optical sensor that combines lasers with a positional sensor could help to more quickly establish whether hospitals and other critical buildings are safe to occupy just after a major earthquake.

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New Core-shell Catalyst for Ethanol Fuel Cells

Scientists have developed a highly efficient catalyst for generating electrical energy from ethanol. Ethanol, usually made from corn, is easy to make and store. The catalyst makes ethanol a high-density source of off-the-grid power, and may also enable applications such as liquid fuel-cell-powered drones.

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