When it comes to operating systems used by engineering departments, Windows NT/2000 rules. In a recent Design News survey, 78% of the respondents said they currently use the operating system and 8% more said they plan to use it in the future. One-third of respondents said they use UNIX and its derivatives. Though only 2% report using a MAC OS, that may be changing with the advent of more applications for MAC OS X. Just 1% of engineers said they use OS/2. Once a preferred OS by the techies, it fell out of favor once IBM chose to stop supporting it.
With a better understanding of materials’ response to load and temperature, researchers could potentially use the knowledge to improve design. The research could even help geologists studying plate tectonics.
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