Consistent with our goal of focusing the Space Elevator community towards a common effort, each year the ISEC Board of Directors decides upon a theme that becomes the focus of many ISEC activities. These include:
- The topic for the annual ISEC Report
- The subject matter to be expressed in the annual ISEC Poster
- A topic for the International Space Elevator Conference
Below are the annual Themes chosen by ISEC:
2017 – Design Considerations for Space Elevator Simulation
This 2017 study has been initiated and will evaluate the various aspects of the necessary computer simulation to support the development of the space elevator. With its unprecedented scale, wide range of physics and engineering concerns, and pioneering materials, the space elevator will require computer simulation of many of its aspects before any major component of it can be built.
The goals of this study are to:
- specify the aspects of the space elevator which require computer simulation,
- develop the requirements necessary for a simulation system which can carry out the above tasks,
- make recommendations for software tools needed to build the simulation system and
- define a computing model for the simulation system.
Aspects to be simulated include:
- dynamics of tether and climber motion,
- electrodynamics of the tether and its interaction with the magnetosphere,
- radiation effects of tether and climber materials,
- wind forces, and more.
Based on the requirements and recommended tools, a computing model will be defined which will serve as a framework for the construction of a simulation system. In general, computing models address the following issues:
- configuration of computing hardware and software
- distribution, access and maintenance of computing resources
- work-flow, including coding, the running of simulation jobs, analysis of results and archiving
- testing, validation and benchmarking of models and tools.