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Matt Gillespie

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May 01, 2017

What is absolute pressure?

An incredibly diverse array of applications require the measurement of air pressure. Depending on the application, users need to be able to interpret pressure readings in different ways and use appropriate units to reflect those readings accurately.

Absolute Pressure Defined

Absolute pressure is measured relative to a full vacuum. In contrast, pressure that is measured against atmospheric pressure (also known as barometric pressure) is called gauge pressure. A full vacuum has an absolute pressure reading of 0 PSIA and average barometric pressure at sea level is ~14.7 PSIA.

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March 20, 2017

What is the difference between 17-4 and 316L stainless steel?

Stainless steel (SS) comes in all shapes, sizes, and compositions. It’s an alloy comprised of several different elements such as iron, nickel, and chromium with superior corrosion resistance compared to its constituent parts. Different applications require different material properties. In fact, there are dozens of individual grades of stainless steel alone, each with a unique proportion of ingredients and application benefits. This article will focus on two types in particular: 17-4 and 316L stainless steel.

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