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TRFA Webinar explores how additives perform in epoxy systems.

May 25, 2012

TRFA invites industry professionals to participate in 1 hr webinar on June 28, 2012 at 11:00 am EDT pertaining to principles and science behind design and selection of additives. Presenter Dan Breidenbach, Laboratory Manager at BYK USA, will help attendees learn major reasons and objectives for using air release additives, differentiation between air release additives and defoamers, principles of wetting and dispersive additives, as well as surface defects and solutions. Read More

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Energy Tech Emissions Estimates are narrowed by NREL.

May 24, 2012

Meta-analysis of life cycle assessment (LCA) studies, performed by NREL, weighed emissions estimates per kW-hr from raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, operation, and decommissioning to get optimal comparisons. It found that, from cradle to grave, coal-fired energy releases ~20X as much GHG into atmosphere per kW-hr as solar energy. According to NREL Senior Scientist Garvin Heath, methodology used for study provided better precision of study results. Read More

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EPA and Department of Commerce announce effort to boost jobs.

May 24, 2012

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Department of Commerce Secretary John E. Bryson announced efforts to launch environmental technology initiative to help create American jobs in environmental industry. Environmental Technologies Export Initiative builds on President Obama's National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by end of 2014 and support millions of American jobs. Web-based tool is scheduled to be launched in fall of this year and hosted on export.gov. Read More

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NREL simulates shade conditions in test for solar arrays.

May 24, 2012

NREL's "Photovoltaic Shading Testbed for Module-level Power Electronics" report details repeatable test procedure for simulating shaded operation of PV system and analysis model for converting these measurements into annual performance forecasts. According to test protocol, under heavy shading conditions, use of microinverters instead of typical string inverters can help mitigate impacts of shade by improving system performance by more than 12%. Read More

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AIA welcomes SpaceX launch to International Space Station.

May 24, 2012

Successful launch by SpaceX of the Dragon capsule towards International Space Station marks major historical milestone in American spaceflight. Developed by SpaceX under NASA's commercial cargo services program, mission demonstrates capability of collaborative investments by U.S. government and private industry to build new American vehicles for space transportation. By saving money and unleashing private sector innovation, NASA is freeing up resources for next era in space exploration. Read More

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Steel Committee honors F. Robert Setlak with Award of Merit.

May 24, 2012

ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys has honored F. Robert Setlak, metallurgical engineering consultant based in Orland Park, IL, with Award of Merit. ASTM International member since 1988, Setlak serves as user vice chairman on Committee A01 as well as chairman of Subcommittees A01.20 on Tin Mill Products and A01.98 on Long-Range Planning. He has also chaired several A01 task groups and is member of ASM International. Read More

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ASTM NDT Committee develops beam divergence measurement standard.

May 24, 2012

Recently approved standard ASTM E2861, Test Method for Measurement of Beam Divergence and Alignment in Neutron Radiologic Beams, will be used by neutron imaging facilities, particularly those setting up neutron tomography imaging systems. According to one of subcommittee's members responsible for this standard's development, what ASTM E2861 details "will allow facilities to make corrections to their imaging systems if they are not properly aligned." Read More

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Award for Polymer Research receives record number of entries.

May 24, 2012

Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) received 12 entries for its annual Excellence in Polymer Research Award and expects more before final papers are due on May 31, 2012. Winner will be announced on July 27th, and formal presentation of award will occur at TRFA's 10th Anniversary Meeting. Initiated to encourage and recognize advances in science and engineering regarding thermoset polymer industry, award also provides recipient with visibility and exposure in industry. Read More