Auto supplier Johnson Controls has unveiled a number of environmentally friendly innovations and new materials in a concept hybrid car. The car has a plug-in hybrid battery in the trunk that provides for low-emission operation.
The car also includes new substrate materials processed from natural fibers to replace interior plastic. The front seat structures are constructed of lightweight materials designed to lighten the total weight of the car. The car is made of aluminum and steel that are combined using special welding processes to further reduce weight and improve mileage.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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