The high-tech industry strives to increase overall functionality and quality of products by the application of nano-enabled materials and devices. The development of such products significantly benefits from a thorough understanding of multi-scale and multi-physics phenomena and adequate numerical tools to guide nano-enabled design. Multiscale modelling and therewith multiscale design will considerably reduce development costs, decrease time to market and improve process yield and device functionality. However, no tool exists on the market at this moment that can combine various in-house/commercial/licensed softwares running either on local computer or on a network.
To this end, the MMP project is developing a general purpose, integrated modelling platform MuPIF, especially equipped to target multiscale and multi-physics engineering problems. The innovation of this platform lies in its generic and modular concept, supported by data standardization and generic definition of application interfaces. This allows integration of existing simulation software and data repositories as plug-in components. The open source software platform will enable future users from all over the world to join and contribute in new product design projects.
The main scientific challenge for building this platform lies in a proper definition of scale transitions and the associated information exchange between the relevant scales. As nano-engineering is intrinsically strongly multidisciplinary, the expertise and simulation resources are distributed over different companies, research institutes, and academic groups. The platform will make cooperation between these parties possible.
The versatility and power of the platform will be demonstrated in MMP project by assessing two case studies on nano-enabled products with a high sustainability impact. The performance of phosphor light conversion in LEDs and the efficiency of CIGS thin film processing for photo-voltaics devices will create distributed simulation chains according to the figure below.
Basic performance of the MuPIF platform can be easily demonstrated on two simple examples. The examples show a simple multiphysical thermo-mechanical coupling and a multiscale computation with homogenization. These basic examples can be arbitrarily extended for other multiphysical and multiscale modelling.
The versatility and power of the platform will be demonstrated further by assessing two case studies on nano-enabled products: * The performance of phosphor light conversion in LEDs * The efficiency of CIGS thin film processing for photo-voltaic devices Simulations with the MuPIF platform will show how the performance of these products can be improved. Simultaneously, it provides testing environment for real engineering problems in a real world of research and development.