Sunlight sensors detect the amount of solar radiation to improve air conditioning efficiency and provide a higher comfort level for driver and passengers in vehicles with separate cooling zones. Hamamatsu's S8369 sensor uses a photodiode to measure the infrared heat load of the sun's rays and a special cap shape to achieve a wide-angle of directivity. The one-piece plastic package design integrates the sensor assembly and connector in a single housing. The unit has a spectral response from 320 to 1100 nm. To meet passenger compartment requirements, the sensor has an operating temperature of -30 to +80C. Custom versions address different specifications, including multiple zones, and added functionality. For more information on Hamamatsu's sunlight sensor go to: http://rbi.ims.ca/4914-501
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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