News tagged with numerical simulations

New taxonomy of platinum nanoclusters

The unexpected diversity of metallic nanoclusters' inner structure has now been catalogued into families. Physicists have gained new insights into the inner intricacies of the structural variations of metallic nanoclusters. ...

dateFeb 20, 2013 in Nanophysics
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Researchers examine how ore deposits are formed

(Phys.org)—New computer simulations by geologists from ETH Zurich demonstrate how large copper and gold deposits are formed. The enrichment process of these metals follows physical principles that are similar to the extraction ...

dateDec 21, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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Scaling up polymer blobs

Scientists use simulations to test the limits of their object of study—in this case thin films of polymers—to extremes of scale. In a study about to be published in the European Physical Journal E, Nava Schulmann, a researcher ...

dateSep 27, 2012 in Polymers
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Researchers solve the mystery of nanowire breakage

Most materials will break when a force is applied to an imperfection in their structure—such as a notch or dislocation. The behavior of these imperfections, and the resulting breakage, differ markedly between small structures, ...

dateSep 12, 2012 in Nanophysics
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Turbulence ahead

Although the wind may blow smoothly onto a wind turbine, it comes out the other end shredded into a complex collage of whorls, large and small. In a wind farm, the turbulent wake generated by the first row of turbines drives ...

dateSep 03, 2012 in Energy & Green Tech
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