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The Importance of Thermal Radiation in Your Models

August 23, 2019

Conduction and convection tend to get more attention from simulation engineers, but radiation plays an important role as well. Learn how (and why) to account for thermal radiation in your models.

How to Model Fluid-Structure Interaction in a Water Balloon

December 15, 2017

They’re not just for playing games in the backyard: Water balloons are also an example of fluid-structure interaction in a nonlinear elastic material. Learn how to model this effect…

How to Save Computational Time with a One-Way Coupling Approach

September 6, 2017

Simulating heat transfer in fluids with forced convection can be very computationally expensive. Did you know that you can save a lot of time and resources with a one-way coupling approach?

Best Papers and Posters from the COMSOL Conference 2016 Munich

November 15, 2016

At the COMSOL Conference 2016 Munich, simulation engineers and researchers from around Europe came together to share their work and achievements. Although there were many innovative and inspiring presentations on using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software in a variety of application areas, six of the conference papers and posters stood out among the rest. Learn more about the best papers and posters from the COMSOL Conference 2016 Munich below.

Photos from the COMSOL Conference 2016 Munich

October 20, 2016

Last week, the COMSOL Conference 2016 Munich brought together academic and industry simulation experts from all over Europe. Now, we would like to share some photographs of the event with you. If you joined us at the conference, try to find yourself in the photo slideshow!

How Can I Build an Efficient Stirling Heat Pump?

April 9, 2015

Stirling engines, or heat pumps, are systems that are able to work on incredibly low temperature differences. In fact, some types of Stirling engines only need human body heat in order to operate. Here, we explore the dynamics of this interesting machine that you can build at home and demonstrate how to model it using COMSOL Multiphysics.

How to Obtain Oil Cost-Effectively with Multilateral Wells

August 18, 2014

Safe and cost-effective drilling is a major issue in the oil and gas industry. In addition to the common prospecting risk, the borehole itself provides uncertainties that are not desired, but unavoidable. Today, we would like to show how numerical simulations can help here. The goal is to predict the stability of an open-hole multilateral well for deciding if the well will need expensive mechanical stabilization — or not.

Geothermal Energy: Using the Earth to Heat and Cool Buildings

May 23, 2014

The use of geothermal heat for building climatization is a cost-effective and sustainable method. In part three of our Geothermal Energy series, we will have a closer look at shallow tubing heat collectors. An accurate prediction of their thermal performance, considering both the piping layout and local thermal properties, turns out to be an appropriate job for the Pipe Flow Module.


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