News | Posted on
April 26th, 2013 by
Do you have an invention or idea that you think could change the future? NASA Tech Briefs’ Create the Future design contest is a great way to share your idea, receive recognition from your peers around the globe, and win some pretty cool prizes. NASA Tech briefs and we at COMSOL would like to invite you to submit your revolutionary design idea to the Create the Future design contest 2013. The contest spans eight different categories. Winners of the First Prize in each category will receive a Hewlett-Packard workstation computer. The Grand Prize winner is selected from one of the eight main categories and will receive $20,000 to help bring their product or idea to life.
Read more on: Create the Future with Your Design Idea
Events | Posted on
April 25th, 2013 by
Each year in May we host a multiphysics simulation workshop specifically for U.S. government employees. This year’s agenda will provide attendees with an overview of COMSOL Multiphysics, tutorials, a user presentation, and more — all in a setting that allows classified work to be shared among federal employees and contractors only.
Read more on: 2013 U.S. Government COMSOL Workshop
User Perspectives | Posted on
April 24th, 2013 by
This week we have the honor of having Professor Wolfgang Joppich as a guest blogger. As you may know, COMSOL Multiphysics provides great default solvers for all applications. For the interested user, it is good to know that you can optionally tune or completely change the solver settings. We strongly recommend that you read this blog posting to get an experts’ perspective on the solver technologies offered by COMSOL.
I am an avid reader of the COMSOL Blog and an expert on the topic of solvers and multigrid methods. Therefore, when I read the “On Solvers” blog posts on multigrid methods and the v-cycle multigrid a while back, I felt compelled to respond. While I strongly agree with what is mentioned in the posts, the topic must be explored further.
Read more on: On Solvers: Benefits and Limits of Solution Methods
Electrical | Posted on
April 23rd, 2013 by
Optical fibers are used to transmit information in the form of light through an optical waveguide made of glass fibers. The light is sent in a series of pulses that can be translated as binary code, allowing the transfer of information through the fiber. Because such pulses can travel with less attenuation and are immune to electromagnetic disturbances, fibers are used instead of traditional metallic wires thus allowing data transmission over longer distances and at higher bandwidths.
Read more on: Step-Index Fiber Simulation
Heat Transfer | Posted on
April 22nd, 2013 by
Chemical reaction fluids can be cooled using glass flanges. The reaction fluid is passed through the flange and the air surrounding the flange then serves as the coolant. Engineers looking to optimize the cooling performance of such flanges can look to simulation for help.
Read more on: Cooling Flange Performance Analysis
Mechanical | Posted on
April 19th, 2013 by
I will always remember a Geotechnical Engineering class I took during the pursuit of my Civil Engineering degree. It contained both the high and low points for that academic semester; the lab portion was a lot of fun, learning about (read: playing with) the different soils and clays existing in the state of Georgia. The final project, on the other hand, tasked us with designing a retaining wall to match certain specifications — a tough and lengthy assignment. A retaining wall is used to hold back soil from a region you don’t want it to move to, such as a lower level of the ground. If excavating close to a retaining wall, you’re subjecting it to additional forces it was not originally designed for, and it may require subsequent support. How much easier it could have been had we only known about geomechanics simulation software.
Read more on: Digging into COMSOL’s Geomechanics Module
Electrochemical | Posted on
April 18th, 2013 by
It’s always been hard to place the field of electrochemistry into a more traditional engineering field. Departments and institutions that focus on electrochemical applications can be found within the faculties of Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry, and even Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering. I believe this is because electrochemistry is heavily involved in applications that are quite varied — and in some ways quite new. Electrochemical applications need to be studied before they can be understood and optimized, but doing this experimentally doesn’t give all the answers.
Read more on: Why Model Electrochemical Applications?
Conference | Posted on
April 17th, 2013 by
If you’re the type of person who appreciates structure and ease-of-use, then as a COMSOL Conference 2013 registrant you will love the My Conference tool. This year we have revamped the system to let you quickly customize your conference program. Now you have the opportunity to add and edit your conference minicourse program whenever you prefer. We have also improved the functionality for presenters to edit and upload their abstracts and papers or posters, as well as get updates on the status of their presentation.
Read more on: How to Prepare for the COMSOL Conference 2013
Fluid | Posted on
April 16th, 2013 by
Vacuum is naturally associated with the hostile environment of deep space. To achieve such an environment in an artificial setting here on Earth is a very challenging task, and it turns out one cannot even come close to the low pressures of an interstellar vacuum. It is at these low pressures that molecular flow occurs.
Read more on: What is Molecular Flow?
Mechanical | Posted on
April 15th, 2013 by
The dynamic analysis of interconnected bodies or links is called a multibody analysis. These bodies are connected by joints that constrain their relative motion. The simplest element of a multibody system is a single particle, which can be considered using Newton’s laws of motion. Multibody Dynamics has a long and storied background.
Read more on: Multibody Dynamics