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At the Needle Point: The Role of Materials in a Coronavirus Vaccine

The development of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has captured—perhaps uniquely—the attention of a global audience of scientists, medical doctors, politicians, and the general public. However, identifying a viable vaccine candidate is only one of the first, of...

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Aug 2020

An Overview on Acoustic Emission Testing

When materials are cracking, deforming or otherwise becoming damaged, they produce a kind of sound. Sometimes, these sounds are loud and obvious. Other times, they are much more subtle, and to detect them, you need to use specialized equipment. Detecting these subtler sounds...

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Mar 2020

Using Deep Learning to Identify the Most Severe Pipeline Dents

From facial recognition in mobile phones to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and machine learning is changing everything. Machine learning has a huge potential to be used in asset integrity management to ensure operational safety. The purpose of this blog is to showcase an...

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17
Feb 2020

The Cost of Shipping… Air?

About four years ago, when my colleague and I were visiting the R&D packaging facility of a major snack food company, we noticed that a packaging engineer was manually filling a newly developed chip product into a clear plastic tube repetitively and taking the fill height...

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16
Dec 2019

Fluidized Catalytic Cracker Hot Spots

A far-too-frequent phenomenon seen in the refining world is the development of “hot spots” in the fluidized catalytic cracker (FCC). The damage can occur in the catalyst dump line or regenerator. These refractory lined vessels run very hot with regenerator internal...

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Oct 2019