Engineering & Design

Stopping Corrosion in Boiler Tube Bundles

Corrosion in the boiler system is a phenomenon that continuously costs industry billions of dollars per year and leads to reduced performance from steam generating systems. Also known as stress corrosion cracking, boiler tube corrosion is caused by a number of different factors. Finding a solution to the problem depends on identifying the specific corrosion mechanism and applying effective...

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Custom Manufacturing

Model Development for Cutting Optimization in High-Performance Titanium Machining

[Editor's Note: This article was adapted from the Makino white paper "Model Development for Cutting Optimization in High-Performance Titanium Machining." It has been shortened for length and scope. To read the full white paper with complete details of Makino's modeling process, click on the link at the end of this article.] Titanium alloys have been widely used in the aerospace, biomedical and...

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Case Study: On-Site Sodium Hypochlorite Replaces Gaseous Chlorine in Water Disinfection

The city of Gastonia, N.C., water treatment plant was constructed in 1922 near what is now the center of the city. Gastonia, a city of 70,000 residents, is located 20 miles west of Charlotte in the state's southern Piedmont region. Its 25.2-mgd water treatment facility uses a traditional disinfection/coagulation/ flocculation/ sedimentation/filtration process to treat surface water drawn from...

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To Our Readers: Happy Holidays from ThomasNet News

Season's Greetings, Loyal Readers: The holidays are a time to consider all that we're thankful for, and you are on our list. You drove a tremendous 2013 for ThomasNet News with your Fluid & Gas Flow Journal readership, sharing of our articles, and feedback on our content. We want to keep this momentum going. In 2014, you will see a more streamlined and improved ThomasNet News that will ensure you...

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Japanese Supplier's Friction-Free Ball/Seat Design Minimizes Maintenance

Developed in Japan, a ball valve that rotates off-center with a cam action is particularly suited for fluid processes employing high concentrations of particles such as slurries. The ball only comes into contact with the ball seat at the final stage of rotation, realizing sealing. Hence, there is no chance of particles becoming wedged between the ball and seat and causing surface damage, its...

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Custom Manufacturing

Understanding Scan-Based Design and its Benefits

3D scanning, design, and inspection tools and workflows have been established for some 15-plus years. Yet, during that time, the required technology has been accessible only to those with deep pockets and dedicated personnel, whose entire job scope was to oversee these often complicated systems. For these reasons, design and inspection based on 3D scanning was, quite simply, not something that...

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Custom Manufacturing

To Our Readers: Happy Holidays from ThomasNet News

Season's Greetings, Loyal Readers: The holidays are a time to consider all that we're thankful for, and you are on our list. You drove a tremendous 2013 for ThomasNet News with your Machining Journal readership, sharing of our articles, and feedback on our content. We want to keep this momentum going. In 2014, you will see a more streamlined and improved ThomasNet News that will ensure you get...

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USMTO: Manufacturing Technology Orders Jump in October

Manufacturing technology orders in the U.S. totaled $435.02 million in October, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report published by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. That represented a 10.2 percent jump from September but a 3.2 percent drop when compared with October 2012's volume of $449.44 million. The year-to-date orders total of $3.94 billion is...

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Engineering & Design

UF/NF Membranes Push New Extremes in Aggressive Process Stream Filtration

Specialty ultrafiltration and nanofiltration membranes are positioned as solutions for extreme acidic, alkaline, and solvent environments and will find applications in the mining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pulp and rayon, and paints and coatings industries, according to the Israeli company that developed them, AMS Technologies. "The membranes are made of proprietary polymers. The difference...

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Aging Systems, Operational Integrity Assurance Drive Process Safety Systems

The need to replace aging systems and new end-user attitudes toward safety are driving growth in the worldwide process safety system market toward $3 billion, according to a new research report published by ARC Advisory Group. The vibrant oil and gas industry is the largest user of process safety systems. The industry has been growing worldwide due to projects for new unconventional resources and...

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