Jeff Hopkins, on 12/26/18 9:00 AM
Jeff Hopkins, on 12/20/18 9:00 AM
A team of engineers has 3D-printed porous graphene aerogel structures that can support extremely high levels of manganese oxide. The result is a supercapacitor electrode that not only recharges extremely quickly, but, unusually, has a storage capacity approaching traditional batteries.
NASA scientists are developing an ultra-dark coating comprised of nearly invisible shag rug-like strands made of pure carbon. This new material could have multiple spaceflight applications, including a mini electron probe, and a coating to absorb the extra light that ricochets off sensitive instruments and throws off their readings.
A new design for a fusion reactor overcomes one of the thorniest obstacles in making fusion power plants a reality—getting rid of excess heat. It accomplishes this using something like an exhaust pipe.
Jeff Hopkins, on 12/17/18 9:30 AM
In an industrial plant or refinery, potential safety risks lurk around every corner. One critical area of focus is your plant’s industrial fluid systems. Such systems often transport high-pressure and high-temperature fluids and gases that can increase health, safety, and environmental concerns if something goes awry. Your engineers and technicians can implement a variety of strategies to preserve the safety of your fluid systems, particularly during design.
Jeff Hopkins, on 12/14/18 8:45 PM
Jeff Hopkins, on 12/13/18 8:30 AM
Imagine a swarm of microscopic robots deployed inside your oil or gas pipeline. You inject them at one end, retrieve them at the other, and read the data they’ve collected. This is much closer to reality thanks to a new, one-step process of manufacturing the 10-μm units from 2D graphene sheets and polymers.
Jeff Hopkins, on 12/12/18 9:30 AM
Scientists have now demonstrated that graphene—a single layer of linked carbon atoms—can convert electronic signals from the gigahertz range (the range of today’s silicon-based components) into signals in the terahertz range. This has implications for ultrafast nanoelectronics of the future.
A new fiber optic technology will dramatically increase the speed and carrying capacity of fiber optic cables. It not only makes use of invisible light, but twists the light to compact it into a spiral that carries more data.
Jeff Hopkins, on 12/10/18 9:00 AM
Sampling systems are among the most complex systems in a plant. They feature numerous components and processes that must work together to produce an analytical reading of process stream conditions. That reading must be both accurate and timely, as it will be used to achieve a plant’s control objectives. Swagelok field engineers have identified eight common challenges impacting a system’s accuracy.
A new material that can be put on rooftops to cool buildings with extremely low use of power can now be produced at low cost and at scale. Developed in 2017, it can now be made in large, filmlike sheets that can be applied to buildings or to build large-scale water cooling systems.
Scientists have now figured out a way to place numerous hack-proof, quantum light sources on a chip. It’s the first step in a completely unhackable technology, as well as a quantum computer that would perform calculations that would take today’s computers years to complete.
Since graphene was isolated in 2004, scientists around the world have been in a race to synthesize 2D materials due to their unique properties. The latest development, made from iron ore, acts as a photocatalyst to split water into hydrogen and oxygen for hydrogen-powered fuel cells.
Jeff Hopkins, on 12/3/18 8:45 AM