Nanotechnology – A View Into the Future

Here’s some exciting technology with a view into the future. Imagine that when your cell phone battery gets low you can charge it just by walking around. Nanotechnology has the ability to deliver that promise as described in a recent article on theENGINEER.

We’ve heard a lot about alternative energies in recent years like wind, solar, tidal, etc. This represents a new form based on harvesting mechanical energy from vibrations. The Journal of Nanomaterials features a research article that shows how ANSYS Mechanical is used to develop this new energy source by simulating the piezoelectric behavior of the nanogenerators.

journal of nanomaterials volume 2013Robust Nanogenerator Based on Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanorods Using Copper Substrate
Naveed Sheikh,1 Nitin Afzulpurkar,1 and Muhammad Waseem Ashraf2
1School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Pathumthani, Bangkok 12120, Thailand – 2Department of Physics (Electronics), GC University, Lahore 54000, Pakistan – Academic Editor: Yangchuan Xing

The viability of these new nanogenerators is enabled by another trend that ANSYS technology plays a big role in developing — the field of low power integrated circuit (IC) design. ANSYS has pioneered a design for power methodology for IC design that is helping chip designers meet the power budget requirements while ensuring power integrity of electronic devices. It can address the power consumption and performance requirements of devices that are powered by nanogenerators.

The convergence of many technologies and design trends like this is exactly why ANSYS has developed a systems approach to simulation. Further commercialization of nanogenerators in low power electronic devices will require simultaneous development of both technologies in order to develop an optimized and robust electronic system.

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About Barry Christenson

Director of Product Management for ANSYS Inc. The product management team is responsible for planning the product capabilities of new releases as well as marketing the capabilities of current products. Prior to joining ANSYS Inc. in May 2000, Barry worked at Delphi Automotive Systems since 1987 in various engineering and project management roles related to automotive emission control systems for Latin American markets. Barry holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University, Flint, Michigan.

2 thoughts on “Nanotechnology – A View Into the Future

  1. It’s very exciting to know an APDL application example on nano-mechanical level. The article mentioned that “When the force is applied on the top surface of NG, then, the deposited nanorods exhibit piezoelectric behavior.” The simulation result could be more comprehensive by using element SOLID226 to study piezoelectric behavior for nanorods.

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