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.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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