Day: September 18, 2019

Shining a Light on Electricity

Almost every building in the United States, from single-family homes to skyscrapers, relies on electricity. It allows you to instantly have light in the evenings by flipping a switch and to take a hot shower after a long day at work. All usable kinds of electricity have the following similarities.

Sources

Electricity does not just magically appear; it needs some kind of fuel. Traditionally, fossil fuels such as coal and gasoline have been burned to power electrical plants. Recently, as the disadvantages of fossil fuels have come to light, alternate sources such as the sun and wind have grown in usage. These sources cannot be burned, so they are captured with new technology (respectively, solar panels and wind turbines).

Steam Engines

Most power plants, regardless of their fuel source, rely on steam engines to generate their electricity. The energy created by the source boils water, which turns into steam. This steam turns a turbine which powers a generator. Power plants rely on all of the deaerator parts to prevent any gases in the water from corroding the turbine and generator.

Distribution

Power plants generally send most of their electricity out for private and public use. Different kinds of power lines carry the electricity away from its source. Companies can send electricity from coast to coast using lines that can sustain high voltages of electricity. Most houses and businesses need lower voltages to safely use electricity. Substations receive the high-voltage electricity and disperse it at lower voltages to local power lines. The voltage may need to be lowered yet again by a transformer before a home or business can use it.

Electricity is so easily accessible that you may forget how many steps go into its production. Each step that allows you to flip a switch and instantly receive light relies on people’s labor and years of innovations.…

The Miraculous Life of the Hydraulic Hose

Imagine what life would be like without the hydraulic hose. Is it possible? No high-rise buildings, massive ships, airplanes, or large bridges; and that is just to name a few of the many things this world would not have. The earth would be a very different place without the small piece of miraculous tubing.

The Facts

The hose for a hydraulic system needs to be flexible and durable as it connects two fluid ports. Currently, it is a tube of synthetic rubber that is surrounded or encased in a fiber or metal that spirals around the tubing, with an additional outer shell of a rubber coating. The metal or fiber that coils around is what makes the whole tube flexible.

The Hose

The reason a hydraulic hose must be flexible is that it connects two parts of a machine or device that move independently or one part that moves away from another stationary part. A second reason some machines use a flexible hydraulic hose is to reduce vibrational effects. The flexibility of the hose also allows for machine parts that do not line up to be connected easily.

The Machines

If you were searching for hydraulic hose San Antonio, you would come across numerous sizes and shapes of the tubing. The reason is that there are hundreds of machines that use a hydraulic system to complete their operational tasks. Dentist’s chairs, bulldozers, excavators, and metal shears are just a few examples of the many different machines that make your modern world possible. Other less obvious instances are the power steering in your car, your doctor’s blood pressure gauge, and your car’s braking system.

Without hydraulic hoses, you would have to imagine a world without big semi-trucks on the road delivering food to your local grocery, and the garbage piling high in the street because garbage trucks would not exist. Yes, it would be a very different world without the miraculous hydraulic hose.…