Author: Isaac Gendler

Superconductors in the Transmission Grid

Superconductors in the Transmission Grid

Superconductors in the Transmission Grid

01/16/19

“How can superconductors be beneficial for the transmission grid?”

 

Losses by electrical resistance are one of the largest contributors to inefficiency in the power grid system. However, if the normal wiring materials were replaced by superconductive materials which lack any resistance, then this issue would dissipate away.

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The US Interconnections

The US Interconnections

The US Interconnections

01/15/19

“How is the US power grid divided up?”

 

The United States is a large country. Spanning between two major oceans, it is truly a wonder to behold. But this might be too large for a single interconnection. Instead, the US is divided up into multiple separate interconnections, which together make up The US Interconnections. It is mainly divided between the Western and Eastern Interconnections, with the Texas Interconnection being a small subset.

 

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CPU Coolers

CPU Coolers

CPU Coolers

01/14/19

“How does your CPU keep cool?”

 

A computer’s CPU is the central communicator for all processes. However, it’s so process intensive that it ends up heating up very quickly. To solve this, engineers have devised intricate temperature cooling systems. They work by applying thermal paste to the CPU, which is then in contact with small pipes with coolant flowing through them. These pipes are u-shaped with the CPU located under the center. When the fluid comes in it absorbs the heat from the thermal paste and evaporates. This vapor then rises through the other end with plates attached to facilitate heat transfer and condensates to form fluid again. These CPU Coolers are responsible for keeping our computers smooth and operational.

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The Circular Economy

The Circular Economy

The Circular Economy

01/13/19

“How do we need to rethink our approach to consumption?”

 

Widespread industrialization has lead economically developed societies to think of products of having a finite linear lifespan. However, with the advent of climate change, this needs to change drastically. Instead, manufactured products will need to be recycled and reutilized in a Circular Economy. This will ensure maximum resource utilization and minimize carbon emissions.

 

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Mass Wasting

Mass Wasting

Mass Wasting

01/12/19

“How does rock and soil move downhill?”

 

In the universe, the only constant thing is change, and Geology is no exception. Soils, rock, and debris at the top of a mountain will move downhill overtime due to gravity. This process is known as Mass Wasting and is one of the contributing factors to mudslides.