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A pipe diffuser is a specialized radial vane diffuser that is widely utilized in the centrifugal compressors of gas turbine engines. In fact, the incorporation of pipe diffusers can improve the overall efficiency of centrifugal compressors by an average of 2-4% compared to other vane diffusers. More specifically, the efficiency gains are very obvious at high-pressure ratios over 5.0.


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Screws as a type of fastener find use in many applications and industries, commonly being relied on to secure workpieces made from wood, thin metal sheets, plastic, and other such materials. With their basic role of creating their own threading and securing pieces together in a permanent fashion, screws are quite versatile. One common subtype of screw is the square drive screw, and they are often used for decking installation, furniture manufacturing, and the general assembly of hardwood pieces. In this blog, we will discuss the square drive screw in more detail, allowing you to have a better understanding of its functionality and applications.


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When working with stationary batteries such as a lead storage battery, it is very important that one knows how to properly handle, install, and manage such components for safety. Lead storage batteries, or stationary batteries, are known as such because they are specifically intended to remain stationary in a set installation location instead of being moved around. In this blog, we will discuss some of the safety precautions and installation tips that one should know when working with such batteries, ensuring that they perform as intended without creating any hazards.


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When owning and operating a typical aircraft, one of the biggest costs that will be faced is fuel. It is estimated that it costs $10,000 in annual fuel purchases for every pound that an aircraft weighs, including any loaded personnel or cargo. Whether an aircraft is used for civil or military purposes, most modern models operate through the combustion of fuel and air mixtures to produce enough thrust to achieve lift. As such, engineers and manufacturers alike always strive to reduce the total weight of aircraft in operations, as well as make advanced designs that promote fuel efficiency. In this blog, we will discuss some of the main ways in which fuel consumption reduction is being achieved in the aviation sector.


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Everyday, we are exposed to various electrical devices that have the potential to cause our bodies harm. As electric current tends to flow toward the ground, seeking the easiest route to travel, electrical equipment in operation can pose a hazard if handled without proper insulation, potential management, or grounding measures. In the case of a power surge, grounding or earthing systems help insulate equipment like circuit breakers, allowing electricity to run directly towards the ground. Additionally, exposed metal items often need intentional electrical connections to prevent shocks. Without such precautions, it could be fatal for an individual to handle such materials or touch certain systems as the human body serves as an excellent electrical conductor. In other circumstances, current can also move through other electrical equipment, damaging or burning various parts of the system. When adding or altering electrical wiring or adjusting any electrical assembly, parts like bonding and grounding straps must first be taken into consideration for safety purposes.


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Modern aircraft wings are much more than a simple protruding piece of material, containing elements such as flaps, spoilers, ailerons, and winglets. Winglets have become one of the most important components on the wing since their widespread adoption in the early 2000s. As winglets continue to demonstrate their outstanding ability to increase fuel efficiency and cruising range, many aircraft engineers are working to improve upon their design and function. In this blog, we will discuss how winglets work to bolster efficient flight, as well as the several designs that are currently in use.


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To better understand how aircraft function, student pilots must familiarize themselves with their aircraft’s form of propulsion. Acquiring a holistic understanding of your aircraft’s engine and how it works can help you become a safer and more efficient pilot. More than that, it can help you diagnose mechanical problems that can lead to further damage. With this in mind, this blog will cover two of the most basic forms of propulsion: propeller and jet engine propulsion.


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Commonly known as rolling-element bearings, roller bearings are bearings that carry a load by placing balls, rollers, and other rolling elements between races (bearing rings). Just like ball bearings, roller bearings are also designed to carry loads and minimize friction. Roller bearings are capable of transmitting loads with the help of cylindrical rolling elements that help in maintaining a distance between the moving parts of the roller bearing. At times, these bearings also contain single or multiple rows of rolling elements. With the help of multiple rows, the machine element gets considerably better radial load capacity. The use of different shapes of rollers can further help in reducing friction stemming from axial and radial loads.


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The various electronics and electrical systems present in a modern aircraft are often crucial for its standard operations, ensuring power for system control, avionic functionality, passenger entertainment, and so much more. As a result, a new passenger aircraft may contain a complex electrical system that stretches across the vehicle, complete with numerous connection points, plugs, and other elements. When dealing with an aircraft electrical system, especially when setting one up for the first time, it is important to understand the difference between common component types, particularly those such as plugs and connectors. In this blog, we will discuss the difference between an aviation plug and an electrical connector, ensuring you have the knowledge necessary to maintain an optimal electrical system.


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Choosing the right voltage regulator is critical when building a functional electronic device. Since every electronic device requires power input, there must also be a power management system to ensure the proper delivery. In this blog, we will discuss which factors go into choosing the best voltage regulator for your intended application.


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