Insights from BCC Research

What are phase change materials?

Posted by BCC Research Staff Analysts on Nov 21, 2018 11:00:00 AM


Materials that are able to store latent and sensible energy in the form of light, heat, electricity or hydrogen and exhibit reversibility are known as energy-exchanging smart materials. Thermal energy is stored as a change in internal energy of a material as latent heat, thermochemical, sensible heat or a combination of these.

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Topics: Advanced Materials

A Short History of Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Sangeeta Rai on Nov 6, 2018 2:17:34 PM


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Fire Retardancy Basics

Posted by Andrew McWilliams on Oct 18, 2018 1:22:46 PM


Three components must be present in order for a fire to occur: oxygen (or an oxidizing agent), heat and fuel. This is often represented by the "fire triangle" or "combustion triangle." The fire tetrahedron represents the addition of a component, the chemical chain reaction, to the three already present in the fire triangle. After the fire ignites, an exothermic chain reaction keeps the fire going until something is introduced into the fire that blocks it. Water is one of the most common choices of fire suppressants. But in some cases, water will not suppress the fire, and may even make it worse. Flame retardant chemicals were developed to block the other elements that were part of the "fire triangle." Flame retardant chemicals may block the oxygen (foams), hydrated flame retardant chemicals release water (aluminum trihydrate and magnesium hydroxide) and halogenated flame retardant chemicals (bromine and chlorine) remove free radicals and create a barrier of inert gas that suppresses the chemical reaction creating the fire.

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Elements of an IoT Platform Solution

Posted by Nandita Bhotika on Oct 17, 2018 10:00:00 AM


The IoT platform ecosystem is a simple aggregation of critical components and can be visualized through the diagram below.

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Topics: Information Technology