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White Paper: Instrumentation Cryogenic Valves

Posted on Sep 7, 2017 in News & Events, Product News, White Papers |

Published on: Sept 7, 2017 By: Louis J. Arcuri, Director of Sales & Marketing, Valcor Scientific Instrumentation Cryogenic Valves — Their proper design and application Cryogenic media enhance our daily lives in so many ways. Our most frequent encounter with the byproduct of cryogenic gas usage is in our food chain. Much of the frozen food we buy is flash-frozen in cryogenic freezers that use liquid CO2 (LCO2) and more commonly, liquid nitrogen (LN2). Vegetables, poultry, fish, and beef are all flash-frozen in immersion cryogenic freezers. Commercially baked goods are cooled much more quickly, and ready for packaging using LN2 vapor. Frozen ice cream novelty treats are flash-frozen in an LN2 bath. Beverages like beer, soda, and sparkling drinks are often carbonated with LCO2 from bulk storage systems. Cryogenics are popular because they’re effective, relatively inexpensive, and don’t affect the color, taste, or flavor of the foods and beverages with which they come in contact. With the advent of microbulk systems, cryogenic cooling is available to more food and beverage processors than ever before, especially small customers who could otherwise not afford the large bulk tanks often seen outside of large-scale producers. Environmental test chambers use solenoid valves to control the flow of LN2, enabling testing at temperatures to -320° F. Environmental chambers are used for testing all manner of components, devices, and systems. They can simulate the cold of deep space; or arctic ambient conditions. Combinations of cryogenic gases are used for a type of surgery known as cryosurgery. LN2 is directly applied to many skin maladies for freezing and removal such as warts, moles, and skin tags. Liquid Argon (LAR) is often used to create a freezing point at the tip of a probe. LAR treatments include freezing of tumors and cancerous tissue. Cryoablation prevents arterial fibrillation in cardiac patients. Cryofreezing minimizes damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. LCO2 is frequently used for cleaning and deburring. CO2 snow cleans surfaces quickly and efficiently, leaving no residue behind. CO2 cleaning is frequently used in optics manufacturing, painted surface preparation, and some semiconductor devices. Dry Ice, or frozen CO2, is used as an abrasive to deburr parts that are too delicate for traditional glass beading or sand blasting techniques. CO2 is also a great solvent; it is often used in a supercritical state to extract the essential oils that are associated with flavors and fragrances. It is also used to decaffeinate coffee and tea, and in sometimes to dry clean fabrics! Finally, we all enjoy the special effects created by LCO2 fogging machines! Whether at a rock concert, or on a Broadway stage, the low-hanging CO2 fog creates the atmospherics that enhance our entertainment experience. New CO2 jets provide...

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ULA Successfully Launches NASA’s TDRS-M Satellite

Posted on Aug 18, 2017 in Events, News & Events |

Published on: August 18, 2017 By: Valcor Aerospace Congratulations to ULA on another successful launch! We are so proud to work with them. A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the NASA’s Tracking Data and Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 Aug. 18 at 8:29 a.m. EDT. The TDRS-M is the third and final mission in the series of these third-generation space communication satellites to orbit, as part of the follow-on fleet being developed to replenish NASA’s space Network. For more info on this launch, visit http://www.ulalaunch.com/ula-successfully-launches-nasas-tdrsm.aspx Photo Credit:...

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Valcor Exhibits & Presents at the 2017 Joint Propulsion Conference

Posted on Jul 28, 2017 in Events, News & Events |

Published on: July 28, 2017 By: Valcor Aerospace Valcor Engineering’s Aerospace Group recently exhibited at the 53rd AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, which was held from July 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. The focus of the conference was to identify and highlight how innovative aerospace propulsion technologies powering both new and evolving systems are being designed, tested, and flown. Flight applications include next generation commercial aircraft, regional and business jets, military applications, supersonic/hypersonic high speed propulsion applications, commercial and government-sponsored launch systems, as well as orbital insertion, satellite, and interstellar propulsion. While at the conference, Valcor’s Vitor Cardoso, Richard Kelly, and Yuri Gerasimov presented their paper, “Pressure Transients in Propulsion Tank Pressurization Lines.” The focus was on water hammer, specifically the effects of transients in helium tank pressurization lines and the analysis that should be performed on any newly designed aerospace propulsion...

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Valcor Exhibits at the Paris Air Show 2017

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 in Events, News & Events |

Published on: July 6, 2017 By: Valcor Aerospace Our Aerospace Group recently exhibited at the 52nd Paris International Air Show. The show was held from June 19-25 at the Exhibition Center of Le Bourget, a few kilometers North of Paris. We were proud to represent New Jersey as part of the U.S. Pavilion. There were over 322,000 visitors this year, along with 3,450 accredited journalists and over 2,300 exhibitors from 48 countries. This is always an exciting show, as it brings together all players in the world aerospace industry, as well as a large number of flying...

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Valcor Awarded Dream Chaser® Spacecraft Subcontract

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 in Events, News & Events |

Published on: June 5, 2017 By: Valcor Aerospace Valcor Engineering, a designer and manufacturer of solenoid valves and control components for liquids and gases, is proud to announce that it has been awarded a subcontract from Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to provide products for the aerospace and technology company’s Dream Chaser program. SNC’s Dream Chaser is a reusable space vehicle designed to carry cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS). As part of its Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract with NASA, the Dream Chaser will have at least six missions to the ISS. “This subcontract award further illustrates Valcor’s recognition as the preeminent pressurization controls designer and manufacturer for Space applications in the industry.” states Paul Meyers, director of aerospace sales and marketing. SNC provides customer-focused technology solutions in the areas of aerospace, aviation, electronics and systems integration. SNC designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, space vehicles, rocket motors and spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. Government and commercial customers, as well as for the international market. With more than 25 years of space heritage, SNC has participated in more than 450 successful space missions through the delivery of 4,000+ systems, subsystems and components, and has concluded more than 70 programs for NASA and more than 50 other clients. About Valcor Valcor Engineering Corporation (www.valcor.com), founded in 1951, designs and manufactures solenoid valves and control components for liquids and gases in critical applications in the aerospace, nuclear, light industrial and scientific industries. Headquartered in Springfield, New Jersey, Valcor’s world-class staff of engineers, designers, and technical support personnel utilize fully-equipped, modern test facilities to test the most precise and exacting standards. With a library of more than 18,000 designs, Valcor’s design team can modify existing technology to suit practically every hard to handle application. Valcor specializes in custom applications and can create an entirely new product to meet your needs. # # # For more information, contact Jennifer Eckert of Valcor Engineering at 973-467-8400, ext. 7228 or email...

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NASA Presents Its Silver Snoopy Award to Valcor’s Yuri Gerasimov

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 in Events, News & Events |

Published on: April 10, 2017 By: Valcor Aerospace Valcor Engineering is proud to announce that Yuri Gerasimov, Chief Engineer, has been awarded NASA’s Silver Snoopy Award. Yuri is being recognized for his outstanding support to the Human Space Flight Program, especially the key role he played in helping develop the oxygen Tank Pressurization Assembly which is a Main Propulsion System component within the Core State oxygen pressurization system. Pictured: Yuri Gerasimov and his wife Nina, along with NASA Astronaut Colonel Douglas Wheelock The Silver Snoopy Award is given to candidates who have significantly contributed to the human space flight program to ensure flight safety and mission success. Less than 1 percent of the aerospace program workforce receive it annually, making it a special honor to receive this award. “Valcor is so proud for having been able to participate in space flight since this nation’s very first ventures into space,” stated Tom Iervolino, Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Strategies. “We are proud and honored to be a supplier to Boeing and member of the Space Launch System (SLS) Team. As a company, we are inspired every day by the importance of the mission and also the work performed by talented Scientists and Engineers making this happen. Yuri Gerasimov, Silver Snoopy Award recipient, is one of those inspirational Engineers. From his early days as a Design Engineer, it was clear that Yuri would be turning out some incredible valve designs. Two decades later, as Chief Engineer for Valcor’s Aerospace Engineering Product Group, he and his team are still turning out some very cool designs; most recently for the SLS Program. We are so very proud of Yuri and NASA awarding him a Silver Snoopy Award.” Pictured: NJ Senator Thomas Kean, US Congressman Leonard Lance, Yuri Gerasimov, Colonel Douglas Wheelock The award itself is a sterling silver Snoopy lapel pin, designed by “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles Schulz, and has flown on a Space Shuttle mission. This particular Silver Snoopy lapel pin has flown aboard Expedition 25 to the International Space Station on October 27, 2010. Yuri’s Silver Snoopy Award, along with a certificate of appreciation and commendation letter, was presented on March 27th, by NASA Astronaut Colonel Douglas H. Wheelock. To date, the retired Colonel has logged more than 178 days in space. He flew on STS-120 and served as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 24 and commander for Expedition 25. During the last mission, Wheelock conducted three unplanned spacewalks to replace a faulty ammonia pump module. Congressman Leonard Lance was in attendance and gave his remarks on this wonderful accomplishment for Yuri and the entire Valcor team. State Senator Tom Kean was also present for the ceremony, along with Springfield...

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