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.
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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