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The Fluid Systems Engineering and Management Blog

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/29/19 9:00 AM

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), scientists have been able to spot numerous previously invisible, massive galaxies that date to the first two billion years of the universe’s existence …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/28/19 9:00 AM

Fluid system operators running a process line from a gas cylinder source may occasionally observe outlet pressure increasing in a pressure-reducing regulator — for no apparent reason. As the cylinder …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/26/19 9:00 AM

Vertical pumps are often used in locations with space or weight restrictions. Another advantage of vertical pumps is that the alignment between the driver—usually an electric motor—and pump is easier …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/25/19 9:00 AM

If you’re a fan of quantum mechanics, you know all about Edward Schrödinger’s hypothetical dead/not-dead cat. Scientists now control 20 entangled qubits, or quantum bits, in the cat’s state of …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/22/19 9:00 AM

Georgia Tech scientists have taught a robot how to make its own tools. After some training, the robot can create a specific tool using a set of parts from which …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/21/19 9:00 AM

Standard pre-engineered subsystems can bring efficiency to an operation by simplifying the design of fluid sampling and control systems. Using standard subsystems has the added benefit of significantly reducing installation …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/20/19 9:00 AM

Damage to tubing systems is pervasive, problematic and preventable "Feeling confident that your systems will perform, even in the most demanding locations, involves not only product design but also materials …

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

Researchers have solved a 123-year old Chemistry mystery by working out how identical forms of a crystalline solid can melt into two distinct liquids. Emil Fischer, an early 20th c …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/18/19 9:00 AM

A major milestone has been reached in the quest to build a quantum computer. A team of scientists have achieved the first two-qubit gate between atom qubits in silicon, and …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/15/19 9:00 AM

Quantum computers manipulate quantum bits, or qubits, which have bizarre but extremely useful properties such as superposition and quantum entanglement. A new game developed by scientists, game developers, designers, and …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/14/19 9:00 AM

In the oil and gas industry, fluid system equipment downtime can be extraordinarily costly. Charbonneau Industries, a master distributor and integrated supplier of engineered products and systems, has a unique …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/13/19 1:00 PM

Cut installation labor costs as much as 66 percent, and save still more on operation "Tubing is simpler, lighter, easier to install, and has fewer potential leak points; it also …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/13/19 8:00 AM

The rapid progression of smart technologies has accelerated the transition of semiconductors from microelectronics to atomic-scale dimensions. New-age technologies like artificial intelligence and big data are key drivers of growth, …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/12/19 9:00 AM

Producing hydrogen cleanly and quickly, and at an industrial scale, has posed a considerable challenge. Now a Swiss team has built a compact solar-powered device that can produce more hydrogen …

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

Storing green energy from wind or sun is essential to moving away from fossil fuels, but that will require some advances in battery technology. Current lithium-ion batteries contain a flammable …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/8/19 9:00 AM

A lithium metal anode could represent the next generation of lithium ion batteries, since it offers the greater energy density needed by ever more power-hungry devices. However, its instability in …

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

Refinery process gases can be highly volatile, so keeping them inside the system is critically important. Operators and employees must adhere to certain fundamentals of assembly and installation to ensure …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/6/19 9:00 AM

Small bore tubing equals savings - cut labor cost as much as 66% compared to installing a pipe system "Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/5/19 9:00 AM

The endlessly curious Leonardo da Vinci explored the behaviour of liquids, among his many other endeavors. On the 500th anniversary of his death, a new edition of his Codex Leicester, …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/4/19 9:00 AM

Researchers have developed a graphene device that’s thinner than a human hair, but has the ability to be easily switched from a superconducting material to an insulator. This material allows …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 11/1/19 9:00 AM

Atomic switches could change the face of information technology. Their use in next-generation circuits could drive developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. A team of …

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