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  1. How to Calculate Metal Weight

    Jun
    26
    2020

    Calculating the weight of a said alloy is very important in engineering, as it directly affects the performance of the material. The weight of a single piece of alloy with the same dimensions can vary greatly even in materials that have similar properties. That is because alloys are composed of many different elements, each having […]

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  2. America Invests Millions in “Tiny” Nuclear Reactors

    Jun
    01
    2020

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has launched a new program to fund the development of two “tiny” nuclear reactors called “NuScale”. The cost of the program reaches a total of $230 million and can be considered a pilot testing project. For starters, two of these modular nuclear reactors will be built for purposes of […]

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  3. Construction of the Largest Fusion Reactor in the World has Began

    May
    18
    2020

    The world’s largest fusion reactor has entered the construction phase, and it’s planned for activation in 2025. Named the “International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor”, the project started about three decades ago and was initially co-funded by the EU, USA, Russia, China, India, Japan, and South Korea. That said, it’s a global effort to create something that […]

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  4. Aerospace Composite Parts, Without the Autoclave

    Apr
    10
    2020

    When you talk about the new aerospace composite parts, engineers usually put layers of carbon composite woven over one another, and they bake this with pressure in a vacuum to create layers as one light and the robust aerospace composite part. These techniques have been around for many years now, and MIT researchers are trying […]

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  5. Powder Metallurgy Steel Making

    Mar
    16
    2020

    Conventional steelmaking using electric-arc furnaces and decarburization is still very common. However, the internal structure of the cast ingots made with this process isn’t uniform, which negatively affects the qualities of the steel. Sure, a hot method can be used on the ingots to break up the segregated structure, but the structure still won’t be […]

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  6. What is Metal Extrusion?

    Mar
    12
    2020

    Metal extrusion is a process used to create longer objects with a fixed profile by pushing a cylindrical billet inside a closed cavity. The end product is called an extrudate and can have several desired characteristics and qualities. The metal extrusion process was patented by Joseph Bramah and is regularly used to create parts from […]

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  7. What is Seamless Tubing?

    Jan
    28
    2020

    Seamless tubes are tubes without welding seams, which makes them stronger and more reliable than welded tubes. However, due to the complex process of production of seamless tubes, they are also more expensive. Seamless tubing is completely welding-free – the pipes are produced using extrusion and connected via threads. Seamless tubing is mostly used in […]

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  8. What is “Nominal Pipe Size”?

    Dec
    05
    2019

    You’ve probably encountered the abbreviation NPS previously on our or similar websites. It means “Nominal Pipe Size,” and it is the North American standard for measuring pipe sizes used for various pressures and temperatures. The NPS standard is widely accepted in the USA, but some things have to be observed correctly in order to find […]

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  9. Tesla Warns Of Shortage of Minerals Required In the Making of Rechargeable Batteries

    Nov
    14
    2019

    Electric mobility continues to grow rapidly; this sector is seeing some phenomenon growth at an incredible pace. There is an increased demand for the minerals needed to produce lithium-ion battery cells, including lithium, nickel, and copper. Mineral shortages could restrict the rapid growth of the electric vehicle According to Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), […]

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  10. First Rechargeable Carbon-Neutral, Carbon-Dioxide Battery

    Oct
    14
    2019

    Li-ion batteries are seemingly everywhere, powering everything from our smartphones to electric cars. While we can undoubtedly thank this technology for lowering the emissions in the automotive industry, Li-ion batteries are still not as eco-friendly as one might think. More precisely, the manufacturing of Li-ion batteries produces a lot of CO2 emissions. But what if […]

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  11. MIT Close to Presenting a Feasible Nuclear Fusion Reactor

    Aug
    12
    2019

    The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has announced that they have received a final push in the form of a $64 million investment, which will allegedly help them take the final step in the development of a working nuclear fusion reactor. The investment group includes MIT’s internal financial support organization called “The Engine”, the Italian […]

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  12. ABB & Siemens Test Subsea Power Grids for Underwater Factories

    Jun
    12
    2019

    As the need for more natural resources increase daily, offshore oil and gas-drilling technology is migrating from floating platforms to the seafloor. This will not only increase the production, but remove current hazards caused by icebergs and hurricanes. Pumps, compressors and separators moved down to the seafloor decades ago, requires electricity. Presently an impractical web of […]

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  13. Sustainable Floating Cities Might be the Answer

    Apr
    25
    2019

    Global warming is still the most critical thing that humankind should care about, especially in the wake of rising sea levels that can destroy whole coastal cities. While preventing this from happening is the best solution, a company named Oceanix already has plans for towns and urban areas that will be most affected by this […]

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  14. New Lithium Battery Will Suck up CO2 to Power Itself

    Oct
    17
    2018

    World is facing a serious carbon dioxide problem today.  CO2, is most harmful among the gases that trap heat and act like a blanket to warm the planet. Over the years, scientists have made efforts to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to help tackle global warming. A new system might offer a powerful advantage […]

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  15. Dutch City to Launch World’s First Floating Dairy Farm

    Oct
    09
    2018

    The world’s first-ever floating dairy farm is set to open in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam at the end of 2018. This dairy farm is being launched by the Dutch property company Beladon. The idea behind this floating farm is to utilize unused space in the water as an alternative to the increasingly scarce […]

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  16. Experimental Fusion Reactor Reaches Temperature of the Sun

    Jun
    25
    2018

    Researchers from Tokomak Energy in the U.K. are claiming a new milestone in thermonuclear fusion. They were able to achieve plasma temperatures in a fusion reactor, known as the ST40 device, hotter than the sun’s core for the first time — reaching 15 million degrees Celsius (59 million degrees Fahrenheit). It’s a big achievement and […]

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  17. Russia Launches World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant

    May
    24
    2018

    Russia recently launched the world’s first floating nuclear power plant out of the St. Petersburg shipyard. Known as Akademik Lomonosov, this floating nuclear reactor is moving toward Western Europe for a controversial maiden voyage. The plant will be towed through the Baltic Sea to a base in Murmansk, a port town in northwest Russia. After arriving […]

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