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It All Comes Down To Good Training From Experts

You may know that you should do something, but have you been taught how?


"Industry has relied on Swagelok for advanced solutions in fluid handling components for more than 70 years. Today, with the global presence of Swagelok, our support and training complement the premium quality of our products."

- From Swagelok Training Choices

Topics: Tips Training Best Practices

Ultrathin and Ultrafast: Scientists Pioneer New Technique for Two-Dimensional Material Analysis

Wondering how atoms behave at the interfaces between 2D materials? Scientists have discovered how to use X-rays to observe these ultrafast movements, which happen on timescales like trillionths of a second. The observations are increasing knowledge of these unique materials with the aim of one day using them in electronic devices that emit, use, or control light.

Topics: Mission Critical

'Realistic' New Model Points the Way to More Efficient and Profitable Fracking

A new computational model could boost efficiencies in natural gas production by better predicting fracture mechanics. It also accurately accounts for the known amounts of gas released during the process. According to the lead researcher, “This model could help the industry...decrease cost and become more profitable.”

Topics: Mission Critical

Hungary to Build $1 Billion Carbon-Neutral Town from Scratch

The Hungarian government, with the help of a local developer and a German property firm, plans to build a new town along the Danube river that aims to be 100% carbon neutral. The small community will comprise 1,000 homes. It will grow its own fruits and vegetables and raise fish in what will be the nation’s largest inland fishery.

Topics: Mission Critical

How to Position Nozzles in Your Liquid & Natural Gas Sampling System

In a liquid or gas sampling system, a nozzle is used at the tap location to supply the sample to the analyzer. Proper placement, position and orientation of this nozzle is crucial to ensure timely, accurate analytical measurements. When determining where to position the nozzle, select a location where the process fluid has thoroughly mixed, so your sample accurately reflects process conditions.

Topics: Mission Critical

Swagelok Shows Eagle Scouts The Life Of An Engineer

A day at Swagelok gives them a real-world view of an engineer's work

Topics: About Swagelok Video

“A New State of Matter” –‘Bizarre Black, Hot Water Forms Most Giant Icy Worlds In the Milky Way

Scientists have confirmed the existence of “superionic ice,” a new phase of water—really a new phase of matter—first predicted over 30 years ago. Scientists think that the superhot black water is among the most common forms of water in the universe. The team at the University of Rochester’s  Laboratory for Laser Energetics performed a laser-driven shock compression experiment, recreating the interior conditions of planets in order to create the unusual substance.

Topics: Mission Critical

Understanding and Controlling the Molecule that Made the Universe

Trihydrogen (H3+) is prevalent in the Earth’s ionosphere, gas giants, our galaxy, and throughout the universe. Many scientists acknowledge it as the molecule that made the universe. Now it can be created in a lab, using ultrafast lasers and new technologies that will allow scientists to begin to understand its chemistry.

Topics: Mission Critical

Material Breakthrough Could Usher in Hydrogen Car Revolution

As car manufacturers look for alternatives to petroleum-fueled cars, a team from Lancaster University may have a new solution for hydrogen-powered vehicles. They have developed a new material that could be used in fuel tanks far smaller and cheaper than those currently available. The material should also be much more efficient to use than the current fuel.

Topics: Mission Critical

Back-Pressure Regulator Set-Up: Tips for Sampling System Engineers

Common sampling system design mistakes include placing a pressure-reducing regulator in series with a back-pressure regulator—with no flow resistance between the two devices. Here’s the best way to design and construct a sampling system using a back-pressure regulator.

Topics: Mission Critical

Be Flexible: Hose Is Great For Many Applications

It's fast, it's flexible, and can come with a wide variety of end connections


"When you go to vacuum in the airlock and you take the hose off the front of your space suit, there's a little bit of water in there, and you can see that sublimate and ice crystals form and fly away. My thought at that moment was, 'Oh, we are not kidding at vacuum here; we are really in space"

- From Kathleen Hallisey Rubins, a NASA astronautet

Topics: Hoses Tips

Can Artificial Intelligence Solve the Mysteries of Quantum Physics?

A research group at Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s School of Engineering and Computer Science has shown that artificial intelligence (AI) can aid in understanding quantum physics phenomena. These infinitesimal phenomena of electrical conductivity or magnetism, occurring at a rate of over one billion billions per gram of particles, are nearly impossible to observe, but AI can apply mathematical algorithms derived from neural networks to provide a closer view.

Topics: Mission Critical

The Holy Grail of Nanowire Production

Nanowires, measuring just 5-100 nanometers in diameter, can emit, concentrate and absorb light. They could therefore be used to generate lasers directly on silicon chips, or in solar panels to improve the conversion of sunlight to electrical energy. That and more may be possible now that researchers have discovered a way to standardize and control their production on silicon surfaces.

Topics: Mission Critical

How Mayonnaise is Helping to Solve One of Nuclear Fusion’s Biggest Problems

In an effort to solve the problem caused when materials of different densities cause each other to explode, scientists are experimenting with mayonnaise. The tasty sandwich condiment is of similar consistency and density to the molten metals used in nuclear fusion.

Topics: Mission Critical

Using a Phase Diagram for Vapor Pressure Curves

While phase diagrams are primarily used by chemists in laboratory environments, these tools can be useful for sample analysis. In some analytical systems, a liquid sample must be converted to gas through vaporization before it can be analyzed. A phase diagram’s vapor pressure curves allow engineers to identify phase changes for distinct materials and chemical compounds.

Topics: Mission Critical

Case Study: J-PARC Sets A Standard For Research

Swagelok components and training support hub of 21st century science research


"Swagelok has already proven the value of its products and service as being indispensable to the operation of the
accelerator."

- Professor Kazuhiro Tanaka, J-PARC

Topics: Case Study

Researchers 3D Print Efficient Live Cells

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have 3D printed live cells in order to create chemical reactors. This is essentially a bio-ink that can convert glucose to ethanol and CO2, increasing catalytic efficiency.

Topics: Mission Critical

The Force is With Us, Always? Tuning Quantum Vacuum Forces from Attractive to Repulsive

Two uncharged metal plates, if placed close together in a vacuum, will attract each other. Now physicists have shown that the force that causes this attraction, known as the Casimir force, can be made repulsive when certain materials are placed between the plates. The Casimir force can also be tuned or enhanced, depending on the properties of the material used.

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Radical Device Can Generate Electricity Just by Pointing at Space

A new prototype device called a “negative illumination diode” makes use of the same optoelectronic physics used by existing solar energy harvesters to make energy. It takes advantage of the temperature difference between the earth and space outside of our atmosphere.

Topics: Mission Critical

Why Haven't Sampling Systems Improved — Three Main Reasons

Over the last few decades, process analyzers have become even more reliable while sampling systems have not. While individual cases can be complex, there are three main causes, the first of which is the lack of training and learning opportunities.

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It's Torture: Swagelok Tube Fittings Can Handle It

Video shows how tube fitting assemblies shrug off intense heat, pressure and impact

Topics: Fittings

Lawrence Livermore Researchers Explore ‘sentient’ Materials with 3D Printing

Researchers at LLNL have 3D printed micro mechanical logic gates that can be embedded into materials. The materials can then sense things about their environment and completely reconfigure themselves—without electronics.

Topics: Mission Critical

Avoiding the Crack of Doom

The high-strength composite materials used in such structures as airplane wings, wind-turbine blades, and artificial joints are subject to deformations like any other material. But in these critical components, deformations and fractures can lead to catastrophic failures. Since they can begin with just a few out-of-place molecules, researchers at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a way to observe material strain at the single-molecule level.

Topics: Mission Critical