This rigid PVC pipe is made to schedule 40 dimensions, but it's transparent, with only a slight blue tint, making it easy to see what's inside it. Built for laboratories, food and beverage processing, sight gauges, pharmaceutical manufacture, hospital use, chemical processing, dry food lines and other applications, the pipe and fittings are made from a clear, virgin grade, PVC compound. The ingredients are non-toxic, conform to FDA food contact standards, and the compound is listed by the National Sanitation Foundation for use with potable water. It doesn't need ties or clamps to hold it upright or level, and may be used with standard schedule 40 fittings of gray or white. The Clear-40 pipe and fittings are non-conductive and flame retardant, with a U.L. rating of 94 VO. It comes in ¼ through 4-inch nominal pipe sizes, and fittings come in 90 and 45-degree elbow, T, male and female adapter, coupler, reducer bushing, and cap fittings styles. Optional configurations include bell-shaped ends, other fitting configurations, longer lengths, and schedule 80 dimensions.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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