Asteroid Collisions, Electronic Clothing, & More…

by | Jul 6, 2019 | The Coupi Review

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

Simulating the Real World

  • Scientists at Cornell model and play with potential geometric configurations of graphene – strong sheets of carbon one atom thick
  • Swiss researchers used digital models to predict the size, shape, and damage of small particles from surface wear. Better understanding of how our products, environments, and even our own bodies wear over time could have big economic impacts on maintenance and repair costs

Practical Applications

  • What would we do if an asteroid were on a collision course with earth? Scientists and government officials are already planning for and simulating the possibilities
  • Polymer scientists are working on new electronic textiles that can harvest energy, track performance, or monitor ailments – simulation is helping resolve the challenges of mechanical and thermal properties in these threads and fabrics

Physics Lesson

  • Brush up on your understanding of buoyancy and the forces at work when objects displace liquid

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