Friday, March 25, 2011

Summary of Status of Nuclear Power Plants Worldwide - The Impact of Fukushima

A blog post by Prach Patel in IEEE Spectrum, updated 3/24/2011, provides a comprehensive list of worldwide nuclear power projects and their status after Fukushima. 

Some countries have issued a moratorium, others have made it clear they plan to proceed, albeit only after additioanl saftey tests, and analysis.

Find out which ones....

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Alcholic Beverages Aid in Superconductivity? Really?

While it would be easy to draw interesting, and possibly amusing, social parallels of alcohol and conduct(ivity), this study doesn't do that.  Instead, it focuses on properties needed to produce superconductivity, and how some alcoholic beverages seem to facilitate that characteristic in certain materials.

Really.

Study Reveals Alcoholic Beverages Induce Superconductivity

Article by Paul Whytock, appearing on-line in Electronic Design magazine.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

VMI is at the 2011 Pittcon Show in Atlanta

Drop by the booth to visit with Daniel Deschene and Karen Spano.  They're at the Pittcon show going on right now in Atlanta, GA.

The show goes through March 17th.  We're in booth #4642.

Now's the time to catch them if you need quotes, or new designs for high voltage componets or power supplies.

The venue is the Georgia World Congress Center.

See you there!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Breakdown in High Voltage Lead Insulation - Failure Mechanism Found by Researchers

If you've done high voltage design for any length of time, you've probably encountered problems with punch-through on high voltage insulated lead wires.  (If not, you have something to look forward to).

Researchers now have an idea about how failures occur in the insulation, and it has to do with applied voltage.  No surprise there, but what is surprising is how the damage actually occurs.  First comes creasing, then comes cratering.   

It's exciting to think that info from this study may lead to improvements in lead wire insulation.  Learn more about the research conducted at Duke University.