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The Fluid Systems Engineering and Management Blog

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

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 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 9/27/19 9:00 AM

The nearly limitless supply of sugar trapped in the cell walls of plants could be a boon to the production of biofuels and chemicals—if it were easier to extract. The …

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

Luxfer Gas Cylinders is an alternative fuels company that is the world’s largest manufacturer of high-pressure aluminum and composite gas cylinders. It also produces alternative fuels delivery systems. Luxfer recently …

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

Our specialists are trained to understand why hoses fail, and to suggest the best hose for a job "When a hose fails, and they didn't plan on that hose failing, …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 9/24/19 9:00 AM

By designing artificial atoms smaller than the wavelength of light, and by controlling the polarization and spin of light, researchers can create metamaterials with optical properties that are not found …

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

Thermoelectric devices that can directly convert electricity into thermal energy for cooling or heating would be ideal for, say, cooling your steering wheel on a hot day, or even your …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 9/20/19 9:00 AM

A team of researchers has found a way to control the sea of nuclei in semiconductor quantum dots so they can operate as a quantum memory device. The team used …

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

The key to protecting operations and maintaining fluid system safety and performance is to create a learning culture that focuses on continuous system improvement, minimizing installation errors, and equipping employees …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 9/18/19 1:08 PM

Our designs start with all the best practices of API 682, but we take them further "A lot of sites have specifications for particular things that they want to use, …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 9/17/19 9:00 AM

Scientists have developed a soft, swimming robot that is propelled by a fluid rather than sold batteries. The fluid stores energy and moves the fish’s fins, allowing the machine to …

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

Strange things happen at the quantum level. One recent experiment violates the second law of thermodynamics, showing that heat can flow spontaneously from a cold object to a hot object …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 9/13/19 9:00 AM

Polymers are used as thermal insulators for everything from keeping your coffee hot to keeping your computer cool. In a new study, researchers demonstrate a novel type of polymer which …

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

Worldwide, industrial facilities are feeling the pressure to increase profits despite the widening manufacturing skills gap. Swagelok field engineers can help remedy your fluid system challenges with training and expert …

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

If a seal goes down, an entire process can go down "Innovative design features make maintenance easier." - From Mechanical seal support systems help reduce costs (Video Below) Swagelok doesn't …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 9/10/19 9:00 AM

Researchers at UC Berkeley’s Hybrid Robotics Lab have gone a step beyond the old rolling robot vs. walking robot debate. They have taught their bipedal robot Cassie how to autonomously …

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

Physicists have discovered that when two atomically thin (3D) graphene-like materials are placed on top of each other, their properties change. The stack of materials becomes a novel marial with …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 9/6/19 9:00 AM

A new recipe for the organic LEDs that comprise the screens on smartphones and TVs has the ability to make screens brighter, with better contrast and longer life. The polarised light …

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

Even the most seasoned professionals can experience difficulty identifying threads. Swagelok product manager Andy Hitchcock explains how to identify thread size and pitch on your fittings using a caliper, pitch …

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

It takes the right materials and the right training to keep corrosion at bay "Finding a proper materials solution means starting at the source of the problem." - From Corrosion Types …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 9/3/19 1:15 PM

Quantum mechanics is the new frontier of information technology. But in order to make quantum devices practical, scientists must reliably trap and manipulate quantum particles. Now physicists report that they …

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

As scientists continue to discover new uses for graphene thanks to its strength, lightness, and electrical conductivity, it seems natural to try to pair it up with another revolutionary technology--3D …

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