PRISM at Discovery Park



PRISM research addresses three science thrusts including:

  • contact physics, including dielectric charging, current channeling, contact-area damage, and stiction,
  • the electro-thermo-mechanical membrane response, including macro-scale materials modeling based on microstructural evolution of defects, dislocations and vacancies, and thermal modeling coupling sub-micron and continuum descriptions,
  • multiscale modeling of aerodynamic damping, transitioning dynamically from continuum to rarefied descriptions as the metal-dielectric contact closes

 Thrusts chart 4

It is supported by two cross-cutting thrusts:

  • computational science and engineering, which provides expertise on numerical algorithms, linear solvers, and petascale computing, among others, and
  • uncertainty quantification science, which develops fundamental methodologies for determining overall prediction uncertainty in these complex multiscale multphsyics systems.

Verification and validation activities permeate all center thrusts, and form the undergirding of all simulation activities undertaken by the center.

Thrusts chart 5


PRISM leverages advances in nanoscale science and engineering to create innovative nanotechnologies addressing societal challenges and opportunities in computing, communications, the environment, security, energy independence, and health.

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Matt Potrawski
Managing Director, PRISM Center
Purdue University
Birck Nanotechnology Center
1205 W. State St., Suite 2027
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088