I havenīt used mathematica yet but I would like to use it for a particular calculation. A friend of mine is designing a solar water heater he hopes to sell. He asked me if there was any way of calculating a rough estimate of how efficient the end product would be before building any prototypes. I told him I would look it up because I remembered hearing about Mathematica and how it had some very powerful calculating/modeling software.
He wants to try with different materials for the water heater encasing. I would like to know if Mathematica could take a 3D model of the prototype, then specify the material and thickness of the encasing, and then calculate how much heat would propagate into the device at different light levels and angles of incedence (i.e. at different time of day).
Again, I've never used Mathematica or the likes so I donīt know if this possible, but if it is my friend would consider getting it to model this and future prototypes. Can this be done, in MAthematica or another program?