Space Fuel: Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Produce Plutonium-238

Fanny Littmarck July 4, 2012

The end of July marks the beginning of a $20 million R&D project led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to produce and process plutonium-238. The U.S. space program will be using the Pu-238 that is to be produced by ORNL as fuel for future deep-space missions.

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Phil Kinnane June 29, 2012

In an earlier blog post, I commented on how acoustic waves are being used in a biomedical setting, to identify malaria in small fluid samples. A more traditional use of piezoelectric devices was written about in the latest COMSOL News. Here, an Italian company, Esaote S.p.A., uses them to produce improved ultrasound imaging systems.

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Phil Kinnane June 28, 2012

One of the interesting stories to come out of the latest COMSOL News concerned a couple of great researchers, Dr. Ozgur Yildirim and Dr. Zihong Guo, and how they use simulations in their inventing process. They work in an invention/prototype laboratory in Bellevue, WA for Intellectual Ventures, a global leader in the business of invention.

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Phil Kinnane June 26, 2012

I have always connected Surface Acoustic Waves (SAWs) as phenomena useful for sensors; where SAW devices act as the medium that transfers mechanical energy (of what you’re measuring) to electrical (what’s used to measure it). SAWs would occur at the surface of a piezoelectric device, mechanically changing it, and then the resulting electrical behavior would be used to provide the measurement. We have a great example that shows how such things can be modeled in a SAW gas sensor.

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Phil Kinnane June 25, 2012

COMSOL News contains two application briefs from our colleagues at AltaSim Technologies. The first has already been mentioned in this blog and interested many of the readers of this blog. This second story concerns Conjugate Heat Transfer.

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David Kan June 22, 2012

We developed COMSOL Multiphysics to empower the engineering and science communities with state-of-the-art simulation tools. A key ingredient of this empowerment is flexibility. COMSOL users are already well aware of the full compatibility between various physics. This means you can put any (yes, really any) combination of COMSOL physics together. But that’s not the only way our multiphysics simulation tool is flexible.

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Phil Kinnane June 21, 2012

We are happy to announce that SC Solutions, Inc. is now part of the COMSOL family of Certified Consultants! Located in Sunnyvale, California, SC Solutions (SC) provides modeling and simulation consulting and R&D services to customers across several industries for numerous application areas. As a Certified Consultant, they assist their customers in analyzing and improving on current products and processes by providing them with model-based process control solutions. SC also delivers customized multiphysics models that customers can use for routine […]

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Phil Kinnane June 20, 2012

According to a study done by Brunel University in the United Kingdom, the food sector is among the top five energy-consuming industries. The transportation of food, including keeping it refrigerated, is one of the larger contributing factors to this energy-consumption and subsequent greenhouse gas emissions.

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Fanny Littmarck June 19, 2012

It’s no news that multiphysics simulations can help companies build better products, and every day COMSOL users bring new product designs or ideas for improvements to life. That said, every so often someone does something particularly fascinating. If you’re following along the email communications from AltaSim Technologies you will receive a technology breakthrough message this week. This latest email from AltaSim is bringing attention to an important clean energy project they are working on with Dais Analytic for the U.S. […]

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Phil Kinnane June 15, 2012

Previously, I wrote a blog post about Fiat using modeling to simulate the cooling of their lithium-ion battery packs. This got me wondering how lithium-ion batteries actually get hot in the first place.

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Phil Kinnane June 13, 2012

This was the sentiment shared by Michele Gosso of Centre Richerche Fiat in Italy. On the forefront of designing electric and hybrid vehicles in the small truck market, Fiat will soon be introducing this technology to their famous Fiat 500.

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