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Fire Effects on Concrete

Concrete exposed to the elevated temperatures of a fire can experience both mechanical changes and chemical changes. Both can provide pathways for direct heating of exposed Reinforcing Steel (rebar).

Fire Effects on Steel

After a fire involving a building or industrial structure, there are often multiple types of damage to the building materials. Knowing how heat affects various building materials can be helpful in determining the level of damage to building components.

Alternative Energy - Power from the Earth

Geothermal power pulls hot water from deep within the earth to heat and vaporize a fluid that is then used to drive a turbine-generator. In this post, we discuss a case study and solution related to a vaporizer tube leakage at a geothermal energy plant.

When Wet isn't Really Wet (Part 3)

In our first post (part 1) we discussed equipment ratings and location definitions (what is a dry or wet location). In our last post (part 2) we discussed equipment that is not made to get wet, yet for some reason it does and what do you do. So, what happens when the Authority Having Jurisdiction...

When Wet Really Isn't Wet (part 2)

In our last post we discussed equipment ratings and location definitions (what is a dry or wet location). In this post let's discuss equipment that is not made to get wet, yet for some reason it does. Does this mean it needs to be thrown away and a new one purchased? No, of course not.

Freeze Seals

EDT

It is common knowledge that freezing water can fracture pipes; however, did you know it can also save the day?

Diesel Fire Pump Damages

Diesel engines are a rugged and reliable choice for propulsion and power generation. In applications where electricity is not available or may be disrupted, a Diesel engine is a good choice for providing an alternative to an electric motor for pumps. Why, then, do so many Diesel engines with...

Pigs may not fly yet, but COW’s do!

EDT

Beyond the obvious engineering applications or the occasional mention of a pizza or package delivery that most of us continually hear about, what sort of crazy, perhaps brilliant, drone applications have industrious problems solvers come up with? The following are three of my favorites.