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.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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