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Category: Flow control applications

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    Microfluidic hydrogen fuel cell flow regulation

    Discussing hydrogen fuel cell research Hydrogen fuel cells are an attractive portable power source, providing orders of magnitude greater electrical energy storage than similarly sized batteries. Due to expanding investments in the future of hydrogen, such as the new incentives for hydrogen production enumerated in the Inflation Reduction Act, the hydrogen fuel cell market is […]

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    Gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, and mass spectroscopy flow control

    Chromatography and spectroscopy are two major techniques used to perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of gas and liquid samples. Various sample analyzers based on these methods have been developed, differentiated by features and specifications such as: Type(s) of detectors used Type(s) of phase chemical used Operating temperature and pressure conditions Ionization method (in mass spectroscopy) […]

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    Flow control in direct air capture

    Environmental concerns about global warming have led to the development of emerging technologies to mitigate new emissions of greenhouse gases. Although reducing these new emissions helps to reduce the magnitude of global warming, it does not reduce the impact of previous emissions which are already in Earth’s atmosphere.  A practical solution to lower previous carbon […]

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    Extracting botanical oils

    The plant oil market sells over 14 billion dollars per year in the United States. Various plants contain many useful oils important for medicinal, aromatherapy, skin care, and food applications. Some examples of these uses include:  Aloe vera extracts for skin treatments  Peppermint oils as miticides  Lemongrass oils as antimicrobials  Orange blossom oil for fragrance  […]

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    Designing better oil and gas leak testing systems

    Major and minor hydrocarbon leaks from oil and gas companies result in millions of dollars in environmental damages and profit losses annually. Methane (CH4), an important component of natural gas, in addition to other fossil fuel emissions such as CO2 are monitored closely due to their combined effect on global warming, pollution, and public safety. […]

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    Discussing lab-grown diamond manufacturing with laser-plasma CVD 

    Plasma-enhanced CVD is the most popular current technique for making lab-grown diamonds. The main subtypes of modern plasma-enhanced CVD include:  DC plasma jet  Microwave plasma  RF plasma   A lesser-known subtype of plasma-enhanced CVD existing since the 1990’s which operates at ambient and positive pressures and has higher theoretical diamond growth rates than previous subtypes is […]

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    Using FB-CVD for TRISO nuclear fuel particle manufacturing

    Six types of Generation IV nuclear reactors represent the next stage of improved safety, sustainability, efficiency, and cost of design for providing nuclear energy. Among them are: Supercritical water-cooled reactors (SCWR) Lead fast reactors (LFR) Sodium fast reactors (SFR) Molten salt reactors (MSR) High temperature gas-cooled fast reactors (HTGR) Very-high-temperature reactors (VHTR) This article focuses […]

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    Converting CO2 to ethanol flow

    CO2 is considered the primary fossil fuel emission related to global warming for many different manufacturing and chemical applications. As a result, there is much research to develop more efficient methods to reduce CO2 emissions through means of carbon capture, sequestration, and conversion. In contrast, ethanol is a well-known inebriant, disinfectant, and energy source. In […]

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    Improving MOCVD with mass flow and pressure control

    Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) describes various methods to create functional coating layers using volatile gas phase compounds. There are many different types of CVD, including but not limited to MOCVD, ALD, CVI, and PECVD. Metal organic chemical vapor deposition, or MOCVD, describes CVD which uses metal complexes with organic ligands as precursors. As in other […]

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    Raising the Equilibar: Pairing an Alicat with a dome-loaded pressure regulator

    In applications with extreme temperatures and pressures, severe chemistry, mixed phase fluids, and ASME BPE sanitary requirements, Alicat flow and pressure instruments benefit from pairing with Equilibar® regulators and valves. Equilibar back pressure regulators (BPRs) and flow control valves (FCVs) offer stable control across an extremely wide range of flow rates, with models offering control of Cv […]