Water on the Moon, In silico Clinical Trials, & More…

by | Apr 8, 2019 | The Coupi Review

Welcome to our monthly roundup of the best links on the internet about engineering, physics, and computer modeling! This month is full of interesting videos, articles, and resources to keep you up to date with the world of computer-assisted engineering and discrete element methods.

Simulating the Real World

  • NASA’s lunar orbiter is watching water molecules migrate across the surface of the moon over the course of a day – Coupi is currently working on modeling a similar problem!
  • Have you heard of In silico clinical trials? Computer models are getting good enough to make predictions about how drugs will affect the body before we ever give the drugs to human patients

Practical Applications

  • Indeed, materials science and chemical modeling are changing the pharmaceutical industry from drug discovery to testing to manufacture
  • A new supersonic jet hopes to create a quieter sonic boom through good design – the initial versions of the plane used computer models to simulate the aerodynamics

Materials Science Lesson!

  • Wikipedia has a fascinating timeline of the history of materials science from prehistoric pottery to modern high-temperature superconductors

News from Coupi

  • Bulk soil mechanical properties are the realm of geotechnical engineering. With DEM simulations, we can model micro-scale particle interactions to reflect the properties and performance of real soil under stresses resulting in triaxial shear, direct shear, and tensile cracking

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