Metrification and the United States – A Brief History

Posted on October 9th, 2015 by
The metric system has gradually been adopted as the official system of weights and measures globally.

History of the Metric System The metric system of weights and measures was first introduced in France in 1799. From the start, the system was designed for transnational use, which may be why so many nations eventually decided to adopt it as their official weights and measures system. Based on decimal multiples and utilizing Greek and Latin prefixes, the metric system has appeared to simplify weighing and measuring practices with a standard that knows few boundaries today. It has many supporters because it’s straightforward and easy to use, requiring little math and therefore leading to improved accuracy for users.

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Six Helpful Online Valve Resources

Posted on January 6th, 2015 by
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Finding information about valves can be overwhelming or confusing, especially to beginners. When researching a valve for your application, it’s important to know what you’re looking at so you are able to make the best purchasing decision possible. Since the internet is filled with a variety of sources related to valves, it’s sometimes hard to narrow these sources down. Thanks to Flow Control Network, we are bringing you the six best online resources for valves. 

Open-Source Valve Textbook

The Chemical Engineering Process Dynamics and Controls Open Textbook, is built and contributed to by students from the …
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Arctic Drilling: Do the Pros Outweigh the Cons?

Posted on December 30th, 2014 by
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Offshore shelf drilling operations in the Arctic Circle has become increasingly attractive to many oil and gas companies and investors. It is common knowledge that as crude oil prices continue to rise, cheaper alternatives must be explored and tested to eventually replace or reinforce our energy supply. These alternatives will include solar panels and wind turbines however, many companies are choosing to explore new oil reserves previously deemed uneconomical. One of the reserves being most seriously considered is, of course, the Arctic. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimated in 2008 that the Arctic contained close to 412 billion …
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