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Simulation Helps Improve Atmosphere Revitalization Systems for Manned Spacecraft - new

J. Knox, R. Coker
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, AL, USA

To ensure astronaut safety on space missions, it is necessary to routinely revitalize the atmosphere in manned spacecraft. Jim Knox, Rob Coker, and a team of engineers at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center have developed a water-saving system called an Isothermal Bulk Dessicant (IBD). The IBD is used to collect water from the atmosphere for re-use. It consists of packed beds lined with silica ...

Researching a New Fuel for the HFIR: Advancements at ORNL Require Multiphysics Simulation to Support Safety and Reliability - new

F. Curtis, J.D. Freels
Oak Ridge National Lab, TN, USA

In response to the increasing awareness of the risks associated with the proliferation of nuclear materials, the Global Threat Reduction initiative has called for research reactors currently using highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to be converted to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. The High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is one such reactor that ...

Innovative Packaging Design for Electronics in Extreme Environments - new

Brice McPherson
APEI, AR, USA

Power electronics appear in many everyday products, including smartphones, electronic car parts, and household objects. Such devices require controlled temperature ranges, switching frequencies, and voltage levels to operate smoothly and reliably. For harsh environments, such as the depths below the earth’s surface where oil is drilled, there is an increasing need to develop electronic systems ...

Meeting High-Speed Communications Energy Demands Through Simulation - new

S. Lei, R. Enright, R. Frizzell, D. Hernon
Bell Labs, Ireland

The information and communication technology industry needs new energy-efficient devices that can keep up with the explosive growth in data traffic of the last few years. Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, is taking the lead in an initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of high-speed communication devices and platforms by investing in new methods for cooling electronics and ...

Simulation Software Brings Big Changes to Cable Industry - new

M. Bechis
Prysmian, Italy

The design and testing of high-voltage cables for terrestrial and submarine applications is paramount to Prysmian's business model. A fundamental challenge in designing power transmission systems is optimizing the cables so that they can reliably deliver the required steady-state current while remaining at, or preferably below, the maximum permissible operating temperature. Incorporating ...

Making Smart Materials Smarter with Multiphysics Simulation - new

J. Slaughter
ETREMA Products, IA, USA

Smart materials with magnetostrictive behavior are engineered and incorporated in high-precision devices by the designers and researchers at ETREMA Products, Inc. Terfenol-D, in particular, is a giant magnetostrictive material solely manufactured by ETREMA that exhibits the largest deformation of any alloy in response to an applied magnetic field and is integrated into the core of devices such as ...

Simulation-led Strategy for Corrosion Prevention - new

S. Qidwai
USNRL, DC, USA

Corrosion is a widespread concern costing the US billions of dollars annually. For the Navy, specifically, it is the number one maintenance problem. Therefore, at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), researchers are developing a method based on multiphysics simulation that will aid material designers in producing corrosion-resistant materials. Their work aims to provide a better understanding of ...

Boeing Simulates Thermal Expansion in Composites with Expanded Metal Foil for Lightning Protection of Aircraft Structures - new

J. Morgan, R. Greegor, P. Ackerman, Q. Le
Boeing, WA, USA

Carbon fiber composites are used extensively throughout the body of modern aircraft, such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, because of their exceptional strength and light weight. Expanded metal foil (EMF) is added to the composite structure layup as a protective measure to dissipate the extreme heat and current generated by a lightning strike. Engineers at Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T) are ...

Optimizing Built-in Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors - new

C. Evans, Schrader, Ireland

Built-in tire pressure sensors need to be able to withstand the wear and tear of working within a car’s tire rim. Their design needs to be optimized for both sensitivity and strength. Schrader Electronics built a sensor that works accurately and lasts while operating on a moving tire's rim. They used the Structural Mechanics Module and CAD Import Module of COMSOL Multiphysics to optimize their ...

Modeling of Complex Physics Speeds Chip Development

P. Woytowitz
Lam Research Corporation, CA, USA

With technological advancements accelerating so rapidly, more powerful computer chips are needed to meet the high demands of fast-growing industries. Lam Research Corporation manufactures semiconductor devices and equipment used to deposit, etch, and clean material layers laid onto wafers during semiconductor processing. With processes as precise as chemical vapor deposition (CVD), temperature ...

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