Heated lattice tungsten filaments can emit more energy than solid tungsten filaments—a discovery that could meet the increasing power demand in advanced electrical applications such as hybrid electric cars—says an analysis by Technical Insights (www.technical-insights.frost.com). With crystalline regularity, tungsten lattices are capable of bending light without losing any energy, exhibiting a conversion efficiency of 34% and electrical power density of about 14 W/cm2 when heated to 1,250 centigrade. Thanks to computer chip production technology, they can now be mass-fabricated.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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