Between the Pipes Q4 2022

That’s a wrap! Where did the time go?

Recently returning from our first non-virtual, face-to-face annual sales meeting since 2019, we thought that subject matter would make for a fun comic strip…scroll down and check it out.

Our marketing plan for 2023 was presented and welcomed by the entire Durlon team. Make sure you visit us on a regular basis and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn. Your front-row seats are waiting!

If you ¿hablas español? or want to share, check out our completely translated Spanish Durlon website.

More to come in 2023!

Austin Boyd, Marketing Coordinator

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Durlon® 8300

Durlon 8300

Carbon Fiber with NBR Rubber Binder
Compressed Non-Asbestos Gasket Material
ASTM F104: F712120-A9B3E22K5L311M5

Download the Data Sheet.

Durlon® 8300 is a premium grade compressed sheet gasket material that is excellent in steam and hydrocarbon services for the refining, petrochemical, and power generation industries and is designed to handle extreme pressure and temperature applications that include oil, water, mild alkalis, mild acids, and solvents.

Industry Applications:
• Chemical Processing
• General/Heavy Industry
• Mining
• OEM Services
• Oil & Gas
• Petrochemical
• Power Generation
• Refining

Durlon 8300 Physical Properties


What is Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy is energy derived from natural processes that are replenished at a rate that is equal to or faster than the rate at which they are consumed. There are various forms of renewable energy, deriving directly or indirectly from the sun, or from heat generated deep within the earth. They include energy generated from solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower and ocean resources, solid biomass, biogas, and liquid biofuels.

A wide range of energy-producing technologies and equipment have been developed over time to take advantage of these natural resources. As a result, usable energy can be produced in the form of electricity, industrial heat, thermal energy for space and water conditioning, and transportation fuels.

The natural flow of water in rivers offers kinetic power that can be transformed into usable energy. Early usages included mechanical power for transformation activities, such as milling and sawing, and for irrigation. As well, rivers have been used for transportation purposes, such as moving logs from forests to industrial centers.

Currently, hydroelectricity is the major form of usable energy produced from flowing water. To produce hydroelectricity, the water flow is directed at the blades of a turbine, making it spin, which causes an electrical generator connected to the turbine to spin as well and thus generate electricity.

The amount of energy extracted from flowing water depends on the volume of water and its speed. Usually, a hydroelectric station is built at a sharp incline or waterfall to take advantage of the speed gained by the water as a result of gravity. Dams are built at some locations to help regulate the flow of water and, therefore, electricity generation.

Bioenergy comprises different forms of usable energy obtained from materials referred to as biomass. Biomass is a biological material in solid, liquid, or gaseous form that has stored sunlight in the form of chemical energy. Excluded from this definition is organic material that has been transformed over long periods of time by geological processes into substances such as coal or petroleum.

Several types of biomass can be used, with the proper technology and equipment, to produce energy. The most commonly used type of biomass is wood, either round wood or wood waste from industrial activities. Wood and wood waste can be combusted to produce heat used for industrial purposes, for space and water heating, or to produce steam for electricity generation. Through anaerobic digestion, methane can be produced from solid landfill waste or other biomass materials such as sewage, manure, and agricultural waste. Sugars can be extracted from agricultural crops and, through distillation, alcohols can be produced for use as transportation fuels. As well, numerous other technologies exist or are being developed to take advantage of other biomass feedstock.

Wind Power
The kinetic energy in wind can be converted into useful forms of energy such as mechanical energy or electricity. Wind energy has been harnessed for centuries to propel sailing vessels and turn grist mills and water pumps. Today, the wind is used increasingly to generate electricity. Turbines with large propellers are erected on ‘wind farms’ located in strategic areas that have good wind regimes and that are in proximity to existing electrical grids. Wind energy is captured only when the wind speed is sufficient to move the turbine blades, but not in high winds when the turbine might be damaged if operated.

Solar Energy
Solar energy is energy from the sun in the form of radiated heat and light. The sun’s radiant energy can be used to provide lighting and heat for buildings and to produce electricity. Historically, solar energy has been harnessed through passive solar technologies. Typically, these involve the strategic location of buildings and various elements of these buildings, such as windows, overhangs, and thermal masses. Such practices take advantage of the sun for lighting and space heating to significantly reduce the use of electrical or mechanical equipment. Solar energy can be harnessed only during the day and only if the sunlight is not blocked by clouds, buildings, or other obstacles.

Today, two active solar technologies that involve electrical or mechanical equipment are becoming more common. First, solar collectors or panels are used to heat water or ventilation air for use in buildings. Second, solar photovoltaic technology uses solar cells to convert sunlight directly into electricity.

Geothermal Energy
Geothermal energy can be captured from the heat stored beneath the earth’s surface or from the absorbed heat in the atmosphere and oceans. In the first instance, geothermal energy can be captured from naturally occurring underground steam and be used to produce electricity. In the second instance, heating and cooling can be achieved by taking advantage of the temperature differential between outside air and the ground or groundwater.

Cited from the Government of Canada – About Renewable Energy website:

How much of our primary energy comes from renewables?

Below is a diagram (sourced from: showing the world’s primary energy from renewable sources.


Industry Trade Shows

PowerGen International – Feb 21-23, 2023
Power producers, and large-scale energy users gather to discover new solutions in cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.

Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL, USA

IFPE (International Fluid Power Exposition) – Mar 14-18, 2023
Highlights the people, technologies, and applications that are leading the mobile equipment and industrial manufacturing industries.

Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV, USA



Next issue highlights: Industry and product focus. We’ll share a new video, news, and upcoming events you may want to look into. And of course, we will put those genius brains to the work again and tickle your funny bone with another adventure from our gasket guru. See you in February 2023!