Multiphysics Aids Military Green Efforts – and Keeps Georgia Air Force Base Cold

Fanny Littmarck June 19, 2012
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It’s no news that multiphysics simulations can help companies build better products, and every day COMSOL users bring new product designs or ideas for improvements to life. That said, every so often someone does something particularly fascinating. If you’re following along the email communications from AltaSim Technologies you will receive a technology breakthrough message this week.

This latest email from AltaSim is bringing attention to an important clean energy project they are working on with Dais Analytic for the U.S. Department of Defense.

This particular project was ranked #2 on a Forbes Magazine list of the “12 most promising Clean-Energy projects chosen by the Department of Defense for 2012“. What landed them this noteworthy feature was their upcoming involvement in the Dais Analytic project of constructing a Nanotechnology Membrane HVAC System. By 2025, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is required to get at least 25% of its energy from renewable resources. The HVAC system by Dais will dehumidify the air at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia more efficiently than their current system thanks to a nanostructure polymer. According to DOD, this new design will reduce the energy levels necessary for managing their buildings by controlling dehumidification separately from temperature. In essence, AltaSim will be coupling physics using COMSOL to enable Dais Analytics to de-couple the cooling system for the DOD. How neat.

Previously, AltaSim worked with Dais on another nanotechnology membrane project for the Department of Energy. They used COMSOL Multiphysics to evaluate Dais’ original design and to analyze how the geometry interacted with the patented nanotechnology membrane. This information was then used by Dais to revise their original design to drastically improve its efficiency.

AltaSim sent out an email highlighting this project as part of a string of messages with the sole purpose of spreading valuable content to recipients within their network. (Earlier they distributed one on COMSOL tips & tricks!) If you too would like to get in on this, you can sign up to receive the rest of the email communications in their series here.

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