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The Fluid Systems Engineering and Management Blog

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/31/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/30/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/29/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/26/19 9:00 AM

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% …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/25/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/24/19 8:45 AM

A day at Swagelok gives them a real-world view of an engineer's work "Among my activities was membership in the Boy Scouts; I rose each year through the ranks, eventually …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/23/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/22/19 11:30 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/19/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/18/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/17/19 1:21 PM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/16/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/15/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/12/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/11/19 1:00 PM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/11/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/9/19 9:00 AM

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, …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/8/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/5/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/4/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/3/19 9:00 AM

Video shows how tube fitting assemblies shrug off intense heat, pressure and impact "The main function of a tube fitting is to grip the tubing sufficiently to contain system fluid …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/2/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 7/1/19 9:00 AM

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 …

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