The Great North Swim

Axiom are delighted to support an employee who is taking up a swimming challenge in the aid of a local charity.

Axiom Commercial Director, Peter Hunt, has pledged to complete The Great North Swim, a 2-mile swim on 12th June at Windermere in aid of Friends of the Friarage.

Originally the League of Friends, this local charity was established in 1957 to support the Friarage hospital in Northallerton, its patients, staff and visitors by volunteering and raising funds to supplement the services provided by the NHS.  More than sixty years later, the charity has continued to benefit the patients and staff of Friarage Hospital and Hambleton & Richmondshire.

Peter has many connections with the Friarage and is currently to be seen training at the pool in Northallerton and recently at Ellerton Park Lake near Richmond.

Peter said, “My first open water swim training session at Ellerton Park Lake near Richmond was a bit of a shock at 8 degrees but I managed one hour 4 laps of the circuit. With only a few weeks to go, I am now increasing my training to be ready and confident that I will complete the 2-mile challenge. My thanks go to Axiom for supporting me and agreeing to award a donation to my selected charity.”

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Axiom shortlisted at national awards event

Following Axiom’s recent success at the Chemicals Northwest Annual Awards in March, the business has now been shortlisted in a further awards ceremony.

Now named as finalists in the category, Chemical Industry Service Provider of the Year by the Chemicals Industries Association (The CIA), Axiom are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of the Chemical industry on 16th June at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

The CIA organisation both represents and advises chemical and pharmaceutical companies across the UK. The annual awards are a key platform for these businesses to highlight innovation and gain formal recognition for excellence in their field. Championing the importance in the industry of Process Safety, Axiom is also delighted to support the event as sponsors of the award category, “Special Responsible Care Award for Process Safety Leadership”. This category focuses on reinforcing process safety as an integral element within Responsible Care and encouraging leadership and the sharing of best practice.

Axiom is hoping to repeat its success, as it continues to gain recognition for its capability to deliver effective asset integrity lifecycle services to its clients.

H2ydrogen: Past, Present & Future

Hydrogen was first produced in the 15th century however its discovery is usually attributed to Cavendish in 1776, but it wasn’t named ‘hydrogen’ until 1783, by Lavoisier.  The first hydrogen related component failure was documented in 1875 when it was reported that the fracture surface of an iron wire ‘frothed when placed on the tongue’; the drawn wire having previously been descaled in sulphuric acid.

Despite it being known about for nearly 150 years, hydrogen cracking continues to be one of the most common failure mechanisms  however the of licking of fracture surfaces is no longer practiced; fractographic examinations having been superseded now by optical & scanning electron microscopy, and other more sophisticated metallographic and analysis techniques.

Press articles focus more on ‘The Hydrogen Economy’ rather than damage mechanisms, describing ways in which hydrogen will save us from ourselves by fuelling everything from cars to ocean liners, whilst at the same time helping us achieve ‘Net Zero’; and thus narrowly avoiding a visit by Keanu Reeves and his robotic accomplice, GORT.

Manufacturing Hydrogen Like There’s no Tomorrow!

Our aspirations to rapidly expand the hydrogen economy are evident by the vast swathe of installations across Europe, where you will find projects with appellations that invoke both  optimism and sustainability, such as ‘Green Octopus’ and ‘Blue Dolphyn’.  Obvious by its absence perhaps is a Hindenberg project! A poignant reminder that we should pay heed to the hazards involved.  As hydrogen usage filters more into the industrial and  public domain, greater will be the risk of component failure, fire, explosion and casualties.  Hydrogen is odourless, and burns with an almost invisible flame, so, design, fabrication and transport considerations must be commensurate with these hazards.

Axiom Engineering Associates Ltd. possesses in depth hydrogen sector skills and knowledge and is ideally placed to advise on mechanical design, process safety and materials engineering.

Steve Woodward BSc CEng FIMMM
Principal Materials Engineer

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