Multiscale Modeling is a broadly used term to describe any instance where a physical problem is solved by capturing a system’s behavior and important features at multiple scales, particularly multiple spatial and(or) temporal scales. For instance, the picture below is a temporal multiscale representation of the origins of life.
The first patent for computer software was filed in 1968 by Applied Data Research for a number sorting system. That same year, MSC in partnership with NASA released the first version of their now famous “NASA Structural Analysis” software (NASTRAN). It’s very humbling to think that alongside the inventions of commercial computing, were the sprouts of today’s $6 billion Simulation and Analysis industry.
The ability to tailor the composition of a material to obtain desired overall properties is a very appealing prospect. Engineers are able to create you own materials to fit your specific need! However, with the advent of these novel materials, engineers are also inventing new ways for those materials to behave and fail. As a result, these engineers will need new ways to predict that behavior, beyond the traditional means used to analyze century-old isotropic materials.
One can at times feel like Leonardo DaVinci, creating a form-fits-function masterpiece - and at other times like Dr. Frankenstein, creating an unpredictable monster. It is a double-edged sword, and a topic that has been discussed and researched for several decades.