Jun 14, 2018 Dublin9:30 AM - 4:45 PM

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day Dublin for a day of minicourses, talks by invited speakers, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other simulation specialists in the COMSOL community.

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This introductory demonstration will show you the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling environment. We will cover all of the key modeling steps, including geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing.

Coffee Break
Invited Speakers
Akshat Agarwal, Nokia Bell Labs

3D Flow Visualization of an Oscillating Beam

In this presentation, Akshat will demonstrate the use of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software for modeling the flow around an oscillating piezoelectric fan. This model was recently used to show the three-dimensionality of the flow field around an oscillating fan and the work was published in the Journal of Fluids and Structures. The oscillating fan was studied here for application in electronics cooling, but the technique can be extended to the study of flapping bird or unmanned air vehicle (UAV) wings, among other applications. Akshat will discuss the model setup, techniques used to simplify the model, postprocessing methods, and simulation results.

Colin Kelsey, Ulster University

Toward Faster Mixing in a Decimilliliter-Scale Batch Reactor

A three-dimensional, time-dependent diffusion simulation was performed using both isotropic and anisotropic diffusion coefficients to simulate mixing processes where the mixing occurred at the same and different rates, respectively, along orthogonal axes of the container volume. This was used to evaluate the performance of a mixing metric and imaging setup and to inform an experimental design. To evaluate the suitability of various methods of excitation at facilitating mixing, a two-dimensional simulation was performed. This simulation, based on the Acoustic Streaming in a Microchannel Cross Section model, contained two solver steps. In the first step, the first-order acoustic field for a given excitation was solved for in the frequency domain. This field was then used to determine the second-order acoustic streaming volume force, which was used as an input for a time-domain stationary solution for the velocity field using the Laminar Flow interface (Navier-Stokes equations). Results from both sets of simulations will be presented and compared to experimental data.

Coffee Break

Learn how to convert a model into a custom app using the Application Builder, which is included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. You can upload your apps to a COMSOL Server™ installation to access and run the apps from anywhere within your organization.

Break for Lunch
Minicourse Parallel Session:
Fluid-Structure Interaction

This minicourse will provide an introduction to modeling fluid-structure interaction (FSI) using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. It will explore the different classifications of FSI analyses and discuss which tools within COMSOL Multiphysics® can be used to solve each case. This covers coupling CFD with structural mechanics as well as coupling acoustics with structural mechanics. During the minicourse, a modeling example of FSI in a network of blood vessels will be presented as a live demo.

High-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

Learn about modeling high-frequency electromagnetic waves using the RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module.

Coffee Break
Minicourse Parallel Session:

Learn about the meshing tools provided in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We will introduce you to basic meshing concepts, such as how to plot the mesh or tweak the meshing parameters, as well as advanced topics such as swept and mapped meshes.

MEMS Modeling

The design and modeling of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) is a unique engineering discipline. Learn how to model MEMS sensors and actuators based on smart materials for a wide range of applications, including vibration and active shape control as well as structural health monitoring and energy harvesting. This minicourse will also present the electric circuit functionality of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and discuss how electric circuit models can be coupled to finite element models within the context of MEMS applications.

Coffee Break
Minicourse Parallel Session:
Equation-Based Modeling

Partial differential equations (PDEs) constitute the mathematical foundation to describe the laws of physics. This minicourse will introduce you to the techniques for constructing your own linear or nonlinear PDE systems in COMSOL Multiphysics® and will also include how to add ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and algebraic equations to your models to include advanced functionality in your simulations, such as PID control.


When presenting your results, the quality of your postprocessing will determine the impact of your presentation. This minicourse will explore the many tools in the Results node designed to make your data look its best. These include mirroring, revolving symmetric data, cut planes, cut lines, exporting data, joining or comparing multiple data sets, as well as animations.

COMSOL Day Details


Hilton Dublin Kilmainham
South Circular Road

COMSOL Speakers

Akshat Agarwal
Nokia Bell Labs
Akshat Agarwal is a member of the technical staff at Nokia Bell Labs in Dublin, Ireland. Akshat is part of the Efficient Energy Transfer group at Bell Labs, where he uses his research experience in computational and experimental fluid dynamics to design cooling solutions for efficient thermal management. Akshat holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Imperial College London.
Colin Kelsey
Ulster University
Colin Kelsey is a design engineer at the Biodevices Laboratory in NIBEC at Ulster University. He obtained his PhD in plasma physics from Queen's University Belfast in 2014. His current role consists of performing numerical simulation, CAD design, and rapid prototyping for the development of fast and focused experimental tests to characterize and solve problems encountered by the industrial partners of the Biodevices Laboratory.
Caroline Harfield
Caroline Harfield joined COMSOL in December 2014 as a technical account manager. She studied theoretical physics at University College London before doing a DPhil at the University of Oxford in biomedical engineering. She researched the theoretical modeling of ultrasound contrast agents for drug delivery and bio sensing applications.
Zhaoying Li
Zhaoying Li is an applications engineer at COMSOL, specializing in electromagnetic simulations. She has a BA and MSc in natural sciences, with a focus on physics, from the University of Cambridge. She also earned a PhD from their Department of Engineering, where she investigated incorporating electrospinning into organ-on-chip models.
Richard Chippendale
Richard Chippendale is an applications engineer at COMSOL. He completed his PhD at the University of Southampton, investigating the interaction of lightning strikes with carbon fiber composites. He then spent four years as a research fellow, focusing on high-voltage cable simulations for both the onshore and offshore sector.
Michael Brooker
Michael Brooker joined COMSOL as an academic sales engineer in 2017. He previously obtained an MEng in aerospace engineering at the University of Leicester. His master's dissertation specialized in the CFD modeling of external aerodynamics for motorsport, collaborating with TotalSim Ltd. consultancy.
Andrew Young
Andrew Young is a technical manager at COMSOL, specializing in heat transfer and fluid flow. He studied mathematics at the University of Strathclyde, where he also earned his EngD in medical devices. His research involved the CFD analysis of patient-specific cardiovascular modeling.

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