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Critical Mass

1. A situation that can no longer be ignored. For example, if an employee who makes co-workers of the opposite sex uncomfortable makes unwanted sexual advances toward the chief financial officer, the situation is said to have reached critical mass, and the employee must immediately be disciplined or fired.

2. The point at which a product or company has become sufficiently popular to take off and become commonly used. For example, a company that has posted a profit for three years in a row and has respectable financials may reach critical mass and become extremely attractive to investors.
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As in the sub critical segment, BHEL has retained its market leadership in the country's supercritical segment as well.
This in turn makes it plausible that geological features on Venus like rift valleys, river-like beds, and plains are the fingerprints of near-surface activity of liquid-like supercritical carbon dioxide," Bolmatov told Space.
This indicates that the supercritical fluid extraction at low temperature is suitable for the extraction of vitamin E.
The extraction process concept is easily explained using solubility data of triglycerides (TGs) in supercritical [CO.
The new nozzle consists of nine parts: a Laval pipe, a rotatable outer shell, a pair of gyrators, a temperature-controlled unit, a carrying pipe of supercritical solution, a carrying pipe of core particles, entrance for the supercritical solution, the entrance for the core particles, and a nozzle connector.
As China already has 24 supercritical units in operation, the engineers will collaborate with Chinese universities and energy companies to see how the technology could be integrated into the UK supply system.
Since the thermophysical properties of supercritical fluids show variational values and, even worse, change drastically near the pseudo-critical region, conventional heat transfer correlations do not predict the heat transfer coefficient accurately.
With this order, L&T has flagged off its journey into becoming a leading player in the area of Thermal Power, employing supercritical technology.
Eon said that if approved this would be the UK's first highly efficient supercritical coal-fired units, which would reduce carbon emissions by almost two million tonnes a year compared to the existing units, if built.
Research has shown that supercritical fluid extraction is a feasible process for leavening dough.
These supercritical cases account for 58 percent of the total assets of the corporation study while comprising only .
The company's latest SFC/SFE-FT/IR system is said to combine its supercritical fluid chromatography/extraction technology with the recent introduction of its compact, high-performance FT/IR spectrometers to provide researchers with a powerful tool to separate and identify a wide range of compounds.