Modeling Irregular Shapes: How to Import Curve Data and Loft a Solid

Hanna Gothäll September 20, 2017

Irregular shapes can come in several different formats. For example, we have previously discussed importing STL files and NASTRAN® meshes into the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. These formats are common when working with scanned biological data. In this blog series, we will look at different ways of handling irregular shapes in COMSOL Multiphysics.

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Amelia Halliday June 29, 2017

Creating the geometry for your model is one of the first steps of setting up a simulation. In the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, there are many geometry operations, tools, and functionality that enable you to do this. These include geometric primitives; Boolean, partition, and transformation operations; work plane operations; and other CAD tools. Here, we highlight all of this functionality and, near the end, link to a video tutorial series that shows how to use them while building your model geometry.

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Walter Frei June 5, 2017

Have you ever wanted to include a randomly created geometry in your model? Perhaps you want to simulate a natural material or an arrangement of parts that has some known statistical distribution of dimensional variations. In such cases, we may want to create a random geometry in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. With the release of version 5.3, we can now create random geometries using a model method. Let’s take a look at how to do so with a tasty example.

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Bjorn Sjodin June 2, 2017

To easily generate random-looking geometric surfaces, the COMSOL Multiphysics® software provides a powerful set of built-in functions and operators, such as functions for uniform and Gaussian random distributions and a very useful sum operator. In this blog post, we show you how to generate a randomized surface with what amounts to a “one liner” expression with detailed control of the constituent spatial frequency components that determine the nature of the surface’s roughness.

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Hanna Gothäll February 1, 2017

Topology optimization can be a useful step in your design process, but the generated designs often require further analysis. With the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, you can create geometries out of your topology optimization result plots and easily export them to CAD software. In this blog post, we discuss how to do so, using both 2D and 3D examples.

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Amelia Halliday September 20, 2016

To optimize your modeling processes, there are a number of built-in materials available for you to use in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Along with these materials are features and functionality that allow you to efficiently assign materials to geometric entities in your model. These tools help expedite the process of assigning materials, specifying material properties, and even comparing the impact of different materials on your simulation results. Here, we’ll highlight three tutorial videos that showcase how to use such tools.

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Hanna Gothäll September 14, 2016

When addressing your geometry- and mesh-related support questions, we’ve noticed an increased use of STL files originating from 3D scan sources and meshes in NASTRAN® file format as bases for geometries. Performing simulations on these realistic objects can be challenging, particularly when preparing the geometry. Dealing with these files is now easier thanks to updates in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Learn how to utilize this functionality as well as how to achieve good results when importing STL and NASTRAN® files.

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Temesgen Kindo September 1, 2016

Suppose you take a piece of metal — a thin sheet, for example — and apply some mechanical loads. The metal will deform and take on a new shape that differs from the original undeformed configuration. Say you now want to use this deformed object as part of a new geometry construction. You can then solve another physics problem on the new composite domain. Today, we’ll demonstrate how to use a deformed object as an input to a geometry sequence.

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Amelia Halliday August 3, 2016

When you are creating a model, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of all the parts in the geometry, including the conditions or constraints that apply to each section. This is especially true when dealing with large, complex geometries and multiple physics interfaces. In COMSOL Multiphysics, tools like named selections help maintain your model setup and streamline your workflow. Here’s a look at three tutorial videos demonstrating how to create and utilize Explicit, coordinate-based, Boolean, and adjacent selections.

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Kateryna Vyshenska July 27, 2016

Archimedean spirals are often used in the analysis of inductor coils, spiral heat exchangers, and microfluidic devices. Today, we will demonstrate how to build an Archimedean spiral using analytic equations and their derivatives to define a set of spiral curves. Based on these curves, we will then create a 2D geometry with specific thickness, extruding it to a full 3D geometry.

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Walter Frei January 5, 2016

It has been a remarkably warm winter in Boston, but we finally got our first snowfall. As I was staring out the window earlier, I started thinking about snowflakes and how their formation cannot be easily described mathematically. However, there is one special kind of snowflake that can be simply described, known as the Koch snowflake. Today, we will look at how this shape can be built with the Application Builder in COMSOL Multiphysics.

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