UCAR statement on President Trump's first budget proposal

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Acid Rain model 1983 (DI01237)

Acid Rain modeling 1983. The Acid Deposition Modeling Project begins, co-sponsored by NCAR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


BOULDER, Colo. — The budget process for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1, is now under way with this morning’s release of President Trump’s proposed budget blueprint.

This proposal will be more fully developed in coming months, with the administration providing more detail and then the plan undergoing revisions during negotiations with Congress.

The administration’s blueprint would increase spending for defense by $54 billion, with corresponding reductions in domestic spending, including scientific research.

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Two-Dimensional Infrared Temperatures From Blast Furnace Burden Top

“Blast Furnace Above-Burden Infrared Camera”

Blast Furnace Above-Burden Infrared Camera systemEast Chicago, IN, USA — An infrared monitoring system had been developed at ArcelorMittal Global R&D – East Chicago and it has been successfully implemented since June 2012.

The on-line Above-Burden Infrared Camera (ABirC), as it is designated,  can monitor all the activities and events above the burden in blast furnaces.

Through the ABirC systems, three new phenomena: 1. coke-surging, 2. coke-spraying and 3. burden-shooting, have been discovered. Actual burden distributions can be observed and optimized, and the operators will gain advance warning of adverse conditions occurring in their furnaces. Continue reading

Optimize Batch Oven Process with Temperature Profiling

Grant Oven Temperature Profiling Kit

Grant OMK610 Oven Temperature Profilier

Grant OMK610 Oven Temperature Profiler

Chesterland, OH, USA — Whether you’re preheating, drying or curing a part, oven temperature data is integral to operation audits for batch ovens and other types of process oven applications.

Looking at  performance, one can see if their batch oven’s temperature really is uniform, or if in fact there are ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ spots inside which can ruin consistency.

Using the Grant Oven Temperature Profiling Kit, operators can obtain a complete temperature profile and produce proof that the products have passed through the process at the right temperature for the right amount of time.

One can also print QA reports for compliance, traceability and complete quality control. Continue reading

Standard for Infrared Inspection of Installed Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

Thermogram shows hot cells in operating solar panels. Thermogram courtesy Testo India.

Thermogram shows hot cells in operating solar panels.
Thermogram courtesy Testo India.

Burlington, NJ, USA — Infraspection Institute has announced the release of a new standard titled, Infrared Inspection of Installed Photovoltaic (PV) Systems.

Covering both ground-based and aerial inspections, the new standard brings to ten the number of standards published by Infraspection Institute pertaining to infrared inspections and non-contact temperature measurement

Jim Seffrin, Director of Infraspection Institute, states, “We are thrilled with the release of our new standard. One of the most common requests among thermographers during the past two years has been a standard for conducting infrared inspections of installed photovoltaic systems. We believe that this standard is the first of its kind and are especially proud that Infraspection has once again responded to the needs of our industry.”

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Bespoke Laboratory Apparatus for Demanding Applications

Asynt ReactoMate reaction vessels scientific glassware

Asynt Reacto Mate reaction vessels scientific glassware

Isleham, UK?? –?? Drawing upon the in-depth knowledge of its technical staff and a flexible production facility, Asynt is able to offer organizations custom specified laboratory apparatus exactly meeting the demands of their application or project.

Asynt custom services draw upon expertise in areas including high pressure reactors, heating / cooling block technology, scientific glassware, PTFE components and apparatus as well as noise and safety enclosures. Continue reading