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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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The surviving bacteria after supercritical C[O.sub.2] processing were isolated and identified by the PCR sequencing analysis.
To illustrate the effect of fluid flow and fluid density changes on quartz dissolution and precipitation, we conducted one-dimensional (1-D) fluid flow simulations of heating of liquid to supercritical conditions.
Field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Mira3 Tescan) of the CA beads was used to determine CA morphology before and after supercritical impregnation of carvacrol.
The solubility is one of the most important thermophysical parameters considered in the application of the supercritical fluid technology in the supercritical extraction processes using C[O.sub.2] [23].
Considering the alkaloid an intermediate polarity compound, ethanol, methanol, and propyleneglycol were used as polar modifiers in the extraction by supercritical C[O.sub.2], with the view to verify the effect of each one on the alkaloid yield.
North Chennai Supercritical TPS Stage III is located in Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu and power generated from this plant will the state and provide easy access to electricity to the people of Tamil Nadu.
The commercial operation of the so-called supercritical coal-fired power plant is expected within the first half of 2019, with the start of construction scheduled in the first half of next year.
India's largest energy conglomerate has hired Emerson Process Management to provide automation technologies for two new 800-megawatt supercritical generating units at the Darlipali Super Thermal Power Station in Odisha, India.
While the substance can exist as a solid, liquid and gas, past a critical point of combined temperature and pressure, carbon dioxide can enter a "supercritical" state.
The supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) method is introduced to achieve a better separation, reduce amount of solvent and increase yield of products.
The exotic substance, called supercritical water, is neither a solid, liquid, nor gas but rather a "liquid-like gas", Discovery News reported.