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The Fluid Systems Engineering and Management Blog

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/29/19 1:00 PM

A material composed of flakes of interconnected graphene is a relatively new product, made by using a commercial laser to burn a sheet of polyimide plastic. The resulting foamy material …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/28/19 12:15 PM

INEOS is a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, specialty chemicals and oil products. Swagelok’s expertise as a trusted advisor supports INEOS as they work to solve their fluid system challenges. With …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/27/19 1:00 PM

The US Department of Energy has revealed that Summit, recently crowned the world’s fastest supercomputer, has broken a new record. Researchers set it on a machine-learning experiment to predict climate …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/27/19 8:45 AM

Video shows the skilled labor that goes into building these precision instruments "In a tribute to the documentary series "How It's Made", we present this video by our friends at …

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Topics:pressure gaugesMeasurement Devices

by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/25/19 9:00 AM

A new “singlet-based magnet,” first envisioned in the 1960s, has unusual properties, including the ability to quickly shift from magnetic to non-magnetic phases. This is because of the instability inherent …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/22/19 9:00 AM

An analytical sampling system relies on transport lines to convey fluid from a process stream to an analyzer. The goal is to supply the fluid as efficiently as possible to …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/21/19 9:00 AM

A new ceramic aerogel is much more durable when exposed to extreme temperature changes, and much lighter than traditional aerogels, which have been used for industrial insulation since the 1990s …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/20/19 8:45 AM

FKB Series valves held up far beyond their rated pressure "Ocean edge is unique in the fact that they deal with pressures that most manufacturers won't touch." - Chris Ori, Local …

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Topics:ValvesCase Study

by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/19/19 9:00 AM

New research by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is helping the microchip industry understand a serious error common to a widely used calibration technique. The detected error …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/18/19 9:00 AM

Fluid within the lines of an analytical sampling system exhibits one of two flow patterns — laminar or turbulent. Flow pattern is determined by the velocity, density, and viscosity of …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/15/19 9:00 AM

Scientists at several UK universities are developing insect-sized robots that would be sent down sanitation and gas pipes to clear blockages and make repairs without disrupting surface traffic Read the …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/14/19 9:00 AM

Have you ever thought about the tires on the lunar lander? Or the mars rovers? It turns out that making tires for space exploration is a discipline unto itself, and …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/13/19 8:45 AM

Our new illuminated gauge and thermometer faces are easy to read in low-light environments "There's not much point in having a gauge or a thermometer if you can't read the …

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Topics:pressure gaugesTipsBest PracticesFAQsMeasurement Devices

by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/12/19 9:00 AM

Did you ever wonder who the brilliant inventor of duct tape is, and what it was originally for? The answer is a Vesta Stout, an ammunition packer during WWII. She …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/11/19 9:00 AM

A new type of 3D printer makes objects materialize in the fashion of a Star Trek replicator by beaming a series of computer-generated images onto a rotating cylinder of light-sensitive …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/8/19 9:00 AM

Scientists have reported major improvements in stretchable rubbery semiconductors such as rubbery integrated electronics, logic circuits, and arrayed sensory skins. The main breakthroughs are increases in the speed at which …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/7/19 12:00 PM

Automatic orbital Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) is gaining popularity in a variety of industries in which maximum leak integrity, high performance, or ultra-cleanliness are of paramount importance. But implementing …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/6/19 8:45 AM

Refineries can be extra tough on hoses, so take extra care to extend useful life "Hoses assembled on-site by mobile suppliers often are not pressure-tested prior to installation, and may …

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Topics:HosesAssembly Services

by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/5/19 9:00 AM

Chemists and physicists from around the globe congregated on January 29 in Paris to launch the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT). It is the 150th anniversary of Dmitri …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/4/19 9:00 AM

Controlled fusion, the holy grail of energy because of its near zero emissions, plentiful fuel, and much higher safety than standard nuclear (fission) power, may be attainable with the help …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 3/1/19 9:00 AM

Researchers have discovered the first synthetic material—a liquid crystal elastomer—that becomes thicker, at a molecular level, when stretched. This property can exist in some natural materials (like human tendons), but …

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