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Shipbuilders Design Pipeline Dredging Barge With FEA Software

Finite element analysis software aids in the design of an undersea natural gas liquids pipeline. A South American pipeline project that traverses the Amazon jungle and the Andes Mountains to the Pacific coast originates in the Camisea fields of eastern Peru, which are among the world’s largest natural gas (NG) reserves, holding approximately 11 trillion cubic feet of NG and 600 million barrels of associated natural gas liquids (NGL). To access these reserves, a $500-million (USD) project was led by Pluspetrol Peru Corporation S.A. (Pluspetrol) that included construction of two pipelines — one for NG (714 km) and the other for NGL (540 km). As construction of the pipelines neared completion, work focused on endpoints such as the fractionation plant where NGL would be processed into commercial products including propane, butane, and condensates.

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Making a Metal-Lined Composite-Overwrapped Pressure Vessel

The metal liner reduces loss of gas by diffusion without adding much weight.

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High-Temperature, High-Load-Capacity Radial Magnetic Bearing

Speed and temperature limits of rollingelement bearings can be exceeded.

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Fabrication of Spherical Reflectors in Outer Space

Process takes advantage of vacuum.

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Three Reasons Why New Businesses Fail

The Business Briefs series of articles takes you through the basics of developing and presenting a design idea, obtaining funding, protecting and licensing your intellectual property, and getting your ideas to market. This month, learn how to avoid the most common pitfalls that cause a startup business to fail.

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Reduce Your Product Launch Time With "Lean" Principles

The Business Briefs series of articles takes you through the basics of developing and presenting a design idea, obtaining funding, protecting and licensing your intellectual property, and getting your ideas to market. This month, learn how Lean Product Development and Marketing can help you avoid costly mistakes when launching your product.

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The Difference and Distance Between Invention and a Business

This issue begins a series of four articles that will focus on converting your invention into a revenue-generating business, the critical information you need to gather to get started, and how to put together the two initial documents to gather funding to start your business: financial projections and your investor pitch.

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