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2014-06-17 08:31:27

US Patent number 8,733,853 B2 awarded for unique front door latching mechanism for medium voltage arc-resistant switchgear FORT WORTH, Texas, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AZZ incorporated (NYSE:AZZ), a global provider of electrical products and services and a provider of galvanizing services, today announced that it has received US patent number 8,733,853 B2. The patent is for a front door latching mechanism for AZZ's line of arc-resistant medium voltage switchgear, which is...

Scientists Unravel The Mysteries Of Large Gamma-Ray Bursts
2013-04-16 13:06:58

WATCH VIDEO: [Swift's Christmas Burst From Blue Supergiant Star Explosion] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers unwrapped a little more of the mystery surrounding a new type of powerful cosmic explosion, creating a new theory around the death of supergiant stars. These huge explosions create powerful blasts of high energy gamma rays, known as gamma-ray bursts. These larger blasts can last for several hours, compared to most gamma-ray bursts which...

Shock Tube Used By Researchers For Insight Into Physics Early In Blasts
2012-11-27 12:45:38

Sandia National Laboratories Sandia´s one-of-a-kind multiphase shock tube began with a hallway conversation that led to what engineer Justin Wagner describes as the only shock tube in the world that can look at how shock waves interact with dense particle fields. The machine is considered multiphase because it can study shock wave propagation through a mixture of gas and solid particles. Shock tubes – machines that generate shock waves without an explosion – have...

2012-03-02 11:23:29

First, the bad news: all across America, trucks and tractor-trailers are transporting industrial explosives on nearly every artery of the country´s interstate and highway system. That´s right, volatile explosives, including munitions, rocket motors, and dynamite, are moving at a high rate of speed down a roadway not too far from you. Now, the good news: America´s track record in transporting these materials is about as safe as they come. Very rarely, almost never in fact,...

2011-11-22 16:49:01

Explosions of reactive gases and the associated rapid, uncontrolled release of large amounts of energy pose threats of immense destructive power to mining operations, fuel storage facilities, chemical processing plants, and many other industrial applications. To gain a better understanding of what's going on during these explosions, US Naval Research Laboratory research physicist Alexei Poludnenko, and Elaine Oran, senior scientist for reactive flow physics, teamed up with Sandia National...

2010-12-11 00:01:09

REMBE®, INC. has just launched a new informational website to assist in learning about and understanding combustible dust explosions. Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) December 9, 2010 REMBE®, INC. has just launched a new informational website, to assist its clients and visitors with learning more about combustible dust explosions and how to protect their plants and equipment through the use of REMBE® venting and isolation technologies. Clients and visitors can easily navigate the website...

2010-12-03 08:10:00

A team of physicists from the University of Toronto and Rutgers University have mimicked the explosion of a supernova in miniature. A supernova is an exploding star. In a certain type of supernova, the detonation starts with a flame ball buried deep inside a white dwarf. The flame ball is much lighter than its surroundings, so it rises rapidly making a plume topped with an accelerating smoke ring. "We created a smaller version of this process by triggering a special chemical reaction in a...

2010-10-26 12:50:00

Company Agrees to Improve Operational, Safety Practices PITTSBURGH, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection has imposed a $32,000 penalty against Huntley & Huntley Inc. of Monroeville, Allegheny County, stemming from a July 23 tank explosion at a gas well site in which two people died. The civil penalty is part of a consent order and agreement to resolve violations of the Oil and Gas Act and the Solid Waste Management Act. An oil storage tank at...

2010-05-14 10:29:00

HOUSTON, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The April 20, 2010 oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and injured more than 100 after suffering a catastrophic blowout. The owner of the rig, Transocean Ltd, is already attempting to limit its liability for the blast by filing a petition in the Southern District of Texas seeking to limit its overall liability to just over $26 million. "There are limited circumstances when vessel owners are able to limit liability under the Act. We...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.