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What is Nuclear Fusion? And How Does it Work?

Aligning with recent breakthroughs in the field, nuclear fusion is being increasingly discussed in the media. But what is nuclear fusion and how does it differ from nuclear fission? And why are so many companies and states investing in fusion research and development? 

We answer these questions here before highlighting the enabling role that vacuum plays in achieving nuclear fusion.

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Ultra-high Vacuum Fittings: What Are Flanges Used For?

Despite how commonplace vacuum technology is, it can be difficult to know what fittings and parts are needed to create ideal vacuum environments. Here, we explore what vacuum flanges are and what they may be used for. Let’s start by looking at how flanges are used to create vacuum systems.

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What Are the 5 Signs of Vacuum Pump Failure?

Even the most well-constructed vacuum pump can fail after extended use. In industrial applications, for instance, the downtime resulting from pump failures can be prohibitively expensive — especially if it forces production to grind to a halt. 

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Detecting Leaks: Should You Use a Residual Gas Analyser (RGA)?

Across many industries, leak detection technology is crucial to project success. In the space industry, for example, detection tools help pinpoint dangerous leaks that may cause rapid temperature changes and a loss of oxygen in spacecraft. 

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New UHV/XHV pumps at ALBA Synchrotron & Argonne Laboratory

In this blog post, we share some recent installations of UHV/XHV pump technologies in electron synchrotrons and how these special pumps perform.

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The Working Principle of Multistage Roots Vacuum Pumps

Fore vacuum pumps are defined as those which exhaust to atmospheric pressure. They are also required to support secondary pumps or to attain the initial conditions for their operation. There are two types of fore vacuum pumps:

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Key working principles of fore vacuum pumps

Fore vacuum pumps are defined as those which exhaust to atmospheric pressure. They are also required to support secondary pumps or to attain the initial conditions for their operation. There are two types of fore vacuum pumps:

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How Vacuum Technology Supports COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy

The storage and transport of COVID-19 vaccines has to be managed in a cold chain, with the first approved vaccine by Pfizer-BioNtech requiring storage temperatures of -70 C. Besides using dry ice (solid carbon dioxide at -75.8 C), Vacuum Insulated Panels and vacuum insulation have become attractive solutions.

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The key working principles of High and Ultra-High vacuum pumps

High Vacuum (HV) and Ultra-High Vacuum (UHV) levels can only be effectively and efficiently obtained by using a main pump that has the functional capabilities. Choosing which pump to use depends on a number of factors, such as noise/vibration, cost (initial and on-going), tolerance to contamination, footprint, maintenance schedules, and resilience to shock.

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100 Years of the Holweck Vacuum Pump

 

2020 marks the centenary of the development of the Holweck pump by the French physicist Fernand Holweck. As well as a stand-alone pump the Holweck design is used as a compound pumping stage in the widely employed TURBOVAC, nEXT and STP pumps. In this respect the Holweck design has been utilised to make significant advancements and improvements to the development of turbomolecular pumps over the last half century.

 

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