Sandia's Jonathan Zimmerman demonstrates the nanowires' properties using EnSight and provides 3-D renderings of the results.

Simulation plays a critical role in design—even in very, very, very, small structures. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are performing simulations at microscopic levels (with help from CEI’s EnSight software) in order to predict the performance of nanowires.

Nanowire performance is affected by deformities in the wires. Researcher Jonathan Zimmerman and others at Sandia perform simulations to predict those deformities, when the wires will fail and by which physical mechanisms, and how nanowire geometry influences the failure process.

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