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How to Flatten a Regulator Flow Curve to Reduce Droop

Consistent pressure control is essential to the safe operation of industrial fluid systems. Maintaining a reliable downstream pressure with a regulator can help minimize flow rate changes, especially in a high-flow system. In order to sustain pressure control and minimize droop, external components may be necessary additions to your fluid system.

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AI Solves the Rubik’s Cube

UC Irvine researchers have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that figures out how to solve a Rubik’s cube. The deep neural network has been able to solve the puzzle every time, and usually with the fewest possible number of moves.

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Metal Oxide-infused Membranes Could Offer Low-energy Alternative for Chemical Separations

Chemical separation via distillation is a widely-used process in the manufacture of everything from gasoline and plastics to food—but it consumes a massive amount of energy. Researchers are working on membranes that could perform the same work with much less energy, while withstanding the harsh solvent-rich chemical streams.

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X-ray Mapping Enhances Potential of Lightweight Magnesium

Engineers in the automobile and aerospace industries are constantly in search of strong, lightweight materials for cars, planes and other high-speed vehicles to improve aerodynamics, fuel efficiency, speed, and weight load. Lightweight magnesium has tremendous potential, except that it deforms during thermomechanical processes and applications.

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Swagelok & HOERBIGER Collaborate to Reduce NOx Emissions on Legacy Engines

After multiple attempts to work with local machine shops, HOERBIGER Engineering Services (HES) turned to Swagelok for help. The relationship between the two companies, which began as a straightforward vendor-supplier connection, evolved into a service-focused collaboration with one goal: help HES service more of their customers’ legacy engines at a lower cost.

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Which Pressure Regulator Should You Choose for Corrosive Applications?

Even within a given type of regulator, there are options that make big differences

"Regulators are highly technical, highly specialized fluid handling components. So, the next time you need one please do not just grab one out of the supply cabinet and install it with the vague sense that it will work."

- From Choosing The Proper Regulator For Applications With Corrosive Fluids Or Aggressive Environments

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Livermore Lab-Led Study Finds Any Hair from the Human Body Can be Used for Identification

After a year-long study, researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Forensic Science Center (FSC) and Michigan State University have found that any hair from anywhere on the body can identify a person. The technique uses the information encoded in the proteins inside of the hairs, and can be used alongside DNA data to identify the perpetrators of sexual violence or other crimes.

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Learning from Droplet Flows in Microfluidic Channels Using Deep Neural Networks

Scientists have developed a non-intrusive method for measuring fluidic properties in a microfluidic chip. Numerous images of flowing droplets are used to train deep neural networks (DNN) to predict the flow rate, which can be done with extreme accuracy and high resolution.

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New Laws of Attraction: Scientists Print Magnetic Liquid Droplets

Using a modified 3D printer, a team of researchers has magnetized paramagnetic ferrofluids (plain metal particles in suspension). The new ferromagnetic liquid is an entirely new kind of material—both liquid and magnetic—and could be used in devices from flexible liquid robots to artificial cells delivering targeted therapies.

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Sizing Up A Valve: Which One Works Best For Your Application?

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This Deep Neural Network Fights Deepfakes

Deepfakes, realistic videos that map the facial expressions of one person onto the face of another, present a formidable political weapon. But this editing does leaves traces. Now a UC Riverside scientists has trained an AI to identify manipulated images at the pixel level with great accuracy.

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Successful Application of Machine Learning in The Discovery of New Polymers

A group of researchers from Tokyo has demonstrated that their method of machine learning, which involves “transfer learning,” can identify materials with desired properties even from an exceeding small data set.

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2D Gold ‘Nanoseaweed’ Could One Day be More Effective than Graphene

A new form of gold just two atoms thick is 10 times more efficient than the current gold nanoparticles used as a catalytic substrate. Its high surface-to-volume ratio and flexibility also give it potential for use in bendable screens, electronic inks, and transparent conducting displays.

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How Thorough Testing Ensures Reliable Regulator Performance

Pressure regulators rated for use at subzero temperatures must control pressure while reacting to system changes in extreme conditions; failure can lead not only to loss of property and profit, but could threaten operator safety. Where cold temperatures threaten crucial component functionality, meticulous regulator engineering and well thought out, lab-based analysis stand between success and failure.

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Video: Praxair Stays On The Safe Side With Swagelok Products

In any country and in any language, Swagelok still means safety, reliability and innovation

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Liquid Metal Research: New Solutions for the Energy Transition

The Liquid Metal Competence Platform Karlsruhe (LIMCKA) pools the expertise of many institutes and laboratories of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Their aim is to develop liquid metal technologies that will may be able to accelerate the decoupling of the energy system from carbon that is crucial to averting catastrophic global warming.

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Researchers Discover Traditional Fluid Flow Observations May Miss the Big Picture

A new study reveals that restricting fluid flow observations to before and after comparisons may miss important chemical reactions in flowing fluids. The discovery of microscopic variations that disappear by the end of the observation period has profound implications for industrial, environmental, and biological fields.

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X-ray Analysis of Carbon Nanostructures Helps Material Design

Nanostructures made of carbon are extremely versatile: they can desalinate water, store gases, and absorb ions in batteries and supercapacitors. This versatility requires that the distribution, size and shape of the structure’s pores be controlled. Now a team from the HZB Institute for Soft Matter and Functional Materials and the University of Tartu, Estonia has developed a small-angle X-ray scattering technique to gather information on the structure.

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How to Select the Right Sample Preconditioning Module

In an analytical sampling system, you may need to precondition your sample prior to analysis. You’ll choose your preconditioning module based on the type of sample-transport system and the sample’s current phase—gas or liquid. You may need a field station module installed near the tap, or a fast-loop module installed near the analyzer.

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Do It Right: Proper Tube Preparation

A leak-tight connection starts with clean tubing cut to the right size

"Deciding which tubing to use depends on many factors. The key ones are the outside diameter of the tubing, the wall thickness of the tubing, and the material of the tubing and tube fittings."

- From FAQ: Which tubing should I use with Swagelok tube fittings?

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New Sensor Could Shake Up Earthquake Response Efforts

A new optical sensor that combines lasers with a positional sensor could help to more quickly establish whether hospitals and other critical buildings are safe to occupy just after a major earthquake.

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