Compressors are instrumental pieces of equipment used in several industries to increase the pressure of a fluid. This fluid is most commonly a gas, such as oxygen, nitrogen, and methane. These versatile devices come in a variety of designs and can be scaled to meet the needs of numerous applications, both large and small. At the simplest level, compressors are a type of turbomachinery, and much of their functioning will be familiar to those involved with turbines. Further, a solid understanding of the operating principles of a compressor will aid in the comprehension of similar turbomachinery. In this blog, we will focus on the nuances associated with centrifugal compressors, including their design, operating principle, and applications.


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Keeping dust out of a reciprocating engine is a critical part of maintaining its functions, as even a tablespoon of dust in an engine can cause internal wear to the extent that a premature overhaul is required. Air contaminants are extremely abrasive to many parts of an engine, such as reciprocating engine cylinder walls and piston ring faces, so it is important to employ the use of a proper filter to prevent extensive damage and costs. Therefore, this blog will delve into the functions and types of various inlet air filters for your aircraft engine.


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If you have any experience with electronic device design, you're likely aware of the importance of heat sinks. If not, it is critical to understand where heat comes from at the board level. In an electronic device, electricity doesn't always flow through the various components at a steady rate. Instead, it often meets several elements that produce resistance, and as this occurs, the excess energy is released in the form of heat. Since personal computers and other devices constantly move electricity around, they are capable of generating substantial amounts of heat, which could potentially damage associated components. To prevent this, designers incorporate heat sinks, which are specialized components used to keep the device cool.


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An RF signal, or radio frequency signal, is one that is transmitted as a radio wave with a frequency between the range of 20 kHz to 300 GHz. RF signals are the backbone of countless communication applications and some medicinal equipment, and they may also serve various measurement operations as well. Despite their importance, RF signals have the chance of being reflected back from open-ended or unused ports, potentially posing an issue for some applications and processes. To prevent such problems from occurring, RF terminators are used.


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Across countless industries, fasteners are components that are regularly used for assembling various materials. Ranging in use from the construction of a chair to the assembly of a commercial aircraft, over 300 billion fasteners find use in the United States each year. Threaded fasteners, in particular, are those with internal or external threads, allowing for the rapid assembly of materials that are secured after installation. As there are various types of threaded fasteners, each of which serve different roles, it can be beneficial to have a basic understanding of the most common ones.


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Hydraulic equipment and tools function through the use of enclosed fluids placed under pressure, allowing for a great amount of force to be transferred equally and with ease. As pressure is paramount to standard operations, such systems require the use of pressure gauge parts that enable one to monitor such values. Hydraulic pressure gauge parts are crucial to the safe and efficient operations of countless systems, tools, and equipment pieces, assisting operators in preventing over- or under-pressure conditions that may present hazards to individuals or equipment.


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Within an HVAC system or device involving the flow of air, it can be very beneficial to have control over the free flow of air for various processes. Dampers and louvres are two common components that are found within such systems, both of which permit management over airflow for different purposes. Despite sharing similarities in their use of exterior frames, horizontal blades, and wall placement, each component plays a different role in the overall operations of ventilation systems. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of dampers and louvres, allowing you to better understand the purposes they serve for HVAC systems and similar apparatuses as well as how they differ from one another.


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A fuse is a common electrical component that serves as an overcurrent protection device for electrical circuits. Fuses are essential safety devices that have long served electrical engineering, and there are many types and designs that have come about over the years to accommodate various current and voltage ratings, response times, and breaking capacities. Due to their use in protecting sensitive electronic components from the dangers of overload conditions, having an understanding of a fuse’s functionality can be useful when procuring and replacing such items.


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Despite being simple parts, belts have an integral role in the operation of an engine. In simplest terms, a belt powers a part or series of parts within the engine. A given engine can have several belts, commonly depending on the engine’s age and its design. In this blog, we will discuss the four most common engine belts: the timing belt, fan belt, alternator belt, and serpentine belt.


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Air gauges are measuring devices that use air nozzles to sense a surface to be measured. Using this technique, air is passed to one or more sensing nozzles and the resulting flow is measured by the air gauge readout calibrated to display linear dimensions. Air gauging was introduced in the 1940s and has since gained widespread popularity as a precise method of measuring internal and external diameters. In very tight tolerances, air gauging is a proven inspection tool that provides faster, more accurate, and more convenient measurements.


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