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December 17, 2014
Composite materials can be designed in a supercomputer virtual lab
London, UK (SPX) Dec 17, 2014
UCL scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics. But their development until now has been largely by trial and error. The 'virtual lab' developed using supercomputer simulations greatly improves scientists' understanding of how composite materials are built on a molecular level. They allow the p ... read more

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