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Studies Look at Long-Term Aging of Electronics in Nuclear Weapons

Sandia National Laboratories is studying how environments, including radiation that originates from a nuclear weapon itself, could affect the performance of electronics in the W76-1 warhead as they age. Sandia, which is responsible for most non-nuclear components in U.S. nuclear weapons, is helping replace W76 warheads in the nation’s stockpile with a refurbished version under the W76-1 Life Extension Program (LEP). The ballistic missile warhead is carried on the Trident II D5 missile aboard Ohio-class Navy submarines.

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Adhesives, Sealants & Coatings for the Aerospace Industry

Master Bond offers easy-to-read, comprehensive catalogs for the medical, oil & gas, electronic and aerospace industries. These catalogs provide an overview on the most advanced adhesives, sealants, coatings and potting compounds. They are organized by chemistry, key properties, curing schedules and provide economical solutions for many complex application requirements.

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Sterilization of Medical Equipment

Sterilization plays a major role in the use of both reusable and disposable medical devices. Download this white paper to learn about the different types of sterilization methods and their effects on materials used in medical devices. Also included is The Spaulding Classification System and recommended processes for various medical devices. To maintain their performance properties both during and after the sterilization processes, the selection of appropriate adhesives, sealants, coatings and encapsulants for medical devices is critical.

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Achieving Better Adhesion with Proper Surface Preparation

Achieving good adhesion not only depends on selecting the right adhesive, but also on implementing the best surface preparation techniques. Regardless of the substrate, proper surface preparation always plays an essential role in achieving strong bonds. This white paper explores the various techniques including degreasing, abrasion, chemical treatments and physical methods.

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One Component Epoxies: Versatility and Convenience

To understand one part epoxy systems, you need to know how a two part system works. In this white paper, we explore how a one part system is constructed, how it can and should be used, and how it can be modified to achieve a variety of performance properties. Also learn how technological advances have resulted in innovative, unique systems.

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Case Studies with poly(p-xylylene) polymers Solving Friction Challenges and Protecting Critical Components

At Curtiss-Wright, we support leading edge technologies that are relied upon to enhance safety, reliability, and performance in demanding environments. Our parylene coating services teams support the work of engineers and scientists around the world to develop solutions to complex challenges.

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Will we build a floating city above Venus?

This week's Question: NASA recently proposed a mission that one day may send astronauts, via a balloon, toward Venus' upper-atmosphere to research the possibility of a "cloud city community." Although the waterless planet has an unforgiving temperature of 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the clouds of Venus present an ideal spot for humans to roam from a spacecraft. The conditions at 31 miles above the surface are about the same pressure and atmosphere as Earth. The High Altitude Venus Operational Concept, or HAVOC, mission would start with a series of phased exploration sorties, followed by a robotic mission, a crewed ride, and the deployment of an uncrewed robotic airship in the atmosphere. NASA researchers say that if the phases of the mission are successful, permanent presence in Venus' atmosphere is possible. What do you think? Will we build a floating city above Venus?

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