Most would agree that the fossil fuel age has delivered more than its fair share of benefits to humanity. But like the party guest who stays a bit too long or an in-law overstaying his welcome, fossil fuels are getting on most people’s nerves.
Today it’s not just the tree huggers, environmentalists and climatologists but the captains of industry too, who is seeing operating budgets shoot through the roof as oil and fuel prices skyrocket. While the recent shale oil and gas boom will help, there really is no end in sight and everyone knows it. Fossil fuels are a finite commodity which one day will cease to be a major player in the energy markets. Between now and then, though, the general trend of their prices will be upward.
With all of the current threats to humanity, we may never get to the post fossil fuel age but we are sure going to try. Due to the seemingly endless positivity of the human spirit not to mention hordes of investors breathing down the necks of business managers, corporate leaders will continue struggling to stem the red tide.
At companies like Boeing, General Dynamics, United Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky and others aeronautical engineers are under the gun to come up with new aircraft designs that will lead to improved operational costs by significantly improving fuel efficiency.
New Computational Methods Of The Trade
Aeronautical engineers are now using cutting edge computational and numerical techniques to design more fuel-efficient aircraft. In addition, engineers are increasingly using advanced composites that are stronger and weigh less.
The increasing use of computational engineering in all areas of industry is described in the following video by SimCenter.
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