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.
Robust 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.