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What does the abbreviation "B.C." mean on a weld joint diagram?

A translator posted this diagram of a weld joint on a translator's forum (the figure below). What does the abbreviation "B.C." mean on the diagram?
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What's the term used for machine parts orientation naming on the sagittal plane and from inside the machine?

I know that the current title can be hard to understand. Let me try to explain our problem: We do manufacture and service industrial machines and we are currently updating our spare parts manuals for ...
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How do you call the intersection with barrier and you can always right turn?

In the photo above I can name the first 3 intersection a) Regular intersection b) T intersection c) Skewed intersection I am having a hard time on identifying the fourth intersection, what do you ...
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What is the etymology of "bridge cam gauge"?

On the pictures below is a tool called "bridge cam gauge", mentioned in this answer. I wonder why the words "bridge" and "cam" are used in its name. I found a definition of "cam" that might be ...
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What tool does one use to inspect pipe bevel angles?

My translation of a document published by the Pervouralsk New Pipe Plant: Inspection of pipe-end root face (“face ring”) Inspection of this type is carried out as required by the regulatory ...
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Is "critical pipe" a proper term for a pipe used in a critically important role?

My translation: Internal pipe diameter inspection This kind of inspection is carried out on a by-order basis using a certified gauge (for sizes 40 mm and above) of the go/no go type, with both sides ...
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Looking for a common term for "non-circular pipe"

In Russia, there's a special term for a pipe that is not circular in its section: "a profiled pipe" (профильная труба). There's even a Wikipedia page for it: профильная труба. Such pipes come in a ...
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Phrase for describing a cable without a connector at the end

I've been translating a truck scale description in a business offer letter, and the specification table there, listing the five parts comprising the prospective order, says on line five: Cable for ...
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Questions on machinery terminology

I have some questions in the basics of machinery terminology Can a spring ever be a link? Most books (eg. Ham et al. 58, Shigley pg. 5) consider links to be rigid. However, I have come across ...
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What is the correct term for long cuts in a floor joist?

I would like to identify the correct term for a long, lateral cut within a floor joist. Based upon this guide and several other sources that I have come across, a ...
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What do you call a mechanism where rotation is transfered in one direction only?

I have the following to wheels that rotate on the same axis: Assuming that they are stuck together, if I rotate the green one the red one rotates at the same speed and when I stop the green one the ...
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What is the meaning of 'clutch fill'?

What is the meaning of clutch fill? See for example this paper.
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What is a slotted open ring with a thread called (like on bicycle brake levers)?

I'm looking for a small ring that allows a thin cable to pass through but can also lock to close that opening, like on bicycle brake lever screws (shown below). However, I'm having trouble finding the ...
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What do you call the steel property that reduces the likelihood of shattering?

What is the property of not shattering, in for example a brisant explosion, called? And what kind of steel would I want that has this property?
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What is Byte Alignment Time in radio communication?

According to this paper, which deals with time synchronization in wireless networks, this kind of delay occurs, however I do not understand its explanation. The paper says the reciever (radio) has to ...
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How would you refer to a bolt mounting slide as opposed to a simple hole?

I'm writing a patent application and my device incorporates a similar design as what I've seen used on Dovetale plates. However, instead of a preset hole for positioning a bolt to mount to, a grooved ...
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What do you call the difference between the on and off temperatures in a simple thermostat?

A simple thermostat will turn on at one temperature and off at a higher temperature. This keeps the thermostat from cycling on and off too quickly. The difference between these values is sometimes ...
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What is the meaning of a "trip angle" in a level sensor?

What does trip angle mean in the context of slope / level sensors / inclinometers?
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What is the Technical Term for this kind of slot?

I am looking for the technical term which describes the kind of slot one finds commonly in modern phones to hold SIM cards. More specifically, what does one call a slot that one pushes the SIM card ...
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Is there a term for a circular dependency in system design and engineering

Is there a term used in systems engineering that describes a situation in which the design of one subsystem (call it "A") affects the the requirements for another subsystem (call it "B") while at the ...
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What is the technical term for a document that contains the results of a final test for a specific product?

Currently, I have to design a final test for a product. I want to summarize the results in a test report. The report is automatically generated and gives a summary (quantitatively) of which ...
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How to describe the rotation of opposite ends of a body due to an applied moment

Summary A short way to phrase this question is: Shear describes the translation of one part of a body relative to another given an applied force. What is the equivalent rotational term? That is, ...
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Why the word "mileage" is used for vehicles, instead of efficiency?

Why is the word "mileage" used for vehicles, instead of efficiency? Is there any difference between mileage and efficiency?
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What does the word "pararail" mean? [closed]

What does the word "pararail" mean? I would like to know the meaning. Search over web does not help much.
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Is systems engineer an IT profession or an interdisciplinary field of engineering?

The term Systems Engineer has always interested me as it generally involves many different fields of engineering. Systems Engineer - Interdisciplinary The definition I'm familiar with is usually ...
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Term for double slope from street

One of the places I frequent recently had the curb and sidewalk rebuilt by the city. Previously, there was a roughly continuous transition from the street to the rest of the private drive next to the ...
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What was that?! Quantifying the impact of a martial arts strike

Measuring things like a martial artist's strike can be challenging because it is a complex motion and common vernacular will use imprecise or incorrect terms. This question is an attempt to identify ...

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