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How the Shale Revolution is Impacting American Manufacturers

When a new economical source of natural gas was created by pairing horizontal shale drilling with refined hydraulic fracturing techniques, or slick-water fracturing (known as “fracking”), the shale revolution began. With approximately 70% of chemical products’ final production costs going toward raw materials, such as ethylene or propylene, the petrochemical industry faces very tight margins […]

10 Things Engineers & Maintenance Managers Should Know About Check Valves

Check valves serve a wide variety of purposes and services. Understanding how they work is essential to accessing the range of benefits they offer. We all want to purchase check valves that are not only of the highest quality, but offer long-lasting durability and sustainability. Finding the best valve for your project requires research and […]

Using DFT Check Valve to Solve High Flow Lockout in Combustion Turbine

There was a case study done at a power company regarding the installation of the check valve developed by DFT Inc. near the combustion turbine. The GLC Check Valve developed by DFT is connected on Low NOx Dual Fuel Turbines. The combustion turbines can run using diesel fuel or natural gas. When the turbine is […]

DFT Model PDC® Solves Air Compressor Problems

Inside their control valve test and research facility, a major valve manufacturer was using two reciprocating air compressors that were designed to run until the stored air pressure in the extremely large volume tanks reached a set point. They would then shut off for anywhere from several minutes to several hours, depending on demand. During […]

Consequences of and Solutions to Water Hammer

Water hammer is a phenomenon that can be either a mild nuisance or a severe problem. It is usually considered a safety hazard. The extreme pressure caused by water hammer can blow out gaskets and cause pipes to suddenly rupture, causing serious injury to anyone nearby. Identifying Water Hammer Usually, you can identify water hammer […]

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