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Releasing the pressure to avoid the worst

Any pressurized tank or piping system such as your domestic hot water tank, your compressed air tank in your garage or a pressurized installation in a factory has a generally small, but very essential part: an overpressure protection device. The role of this device is to release excess pressure in order to avoid an explosion. Our engineer, Hugo Julien, who specializes in the interpretation and application of codes associated with stationary equipment of all kinds, answers a few questions.

Ready to roll?

Whether you are riding your bike, driving your car, or even using an elevator, bearings are part of our daily lives. Most of the time, we don't notice them... except when a failure affects our activities!

Keeping Boilers Safe

The first boiler with a safety valve was designed by Denis Papin of France in 1679; boilers were made and used in England by the turn of the 18th century. Early boilers were made of wrought iron and riveted; as the advantages of high pressure and temperature were realized, manufacturers turned to steel and welding was accepted by the ASME Code in the 30’s.

What’s the deal with Lithium-Ion batteries?

These batteries are gaining popularity and are found more and more often in everyday life: laptops, cell phones, power tools, bicycles and vehicles. However, they are not without flaws. In the past year alone, various manufacturers have recalled hundreds of thousands of hybrid cars. So what risk factors come into play?

 

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