Figure 1: Multiphysics simulation of a cylindrical Li-ion battery. The model couples conjugate heat transfer generated in solids and fluids by the electrochemical processes in the electrodes and electrolyte. Material properties are temperature-dependent. Results show temperature distribution in the battery and surrounding velocity streamlines. This model was created in COMSOL Multiphysics.
When I was at NASA Ames recently, it was amazing to see how extensive their simualtion capabilitioes are, Rob. NASA's Future Flight Central has an exetnsive terrain map of Mars in a 20-foot-diameter, 360-degree setup.
Simulation is shortening the design process, from spacecraft to hybrid design. At a recent Siemens PLM conference, I watched a presentation on how simulation was key to the successful Mars rover landing. Likewise, there were presentation on how simulation has helped in the development of hybrids and the testing of composites.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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