## Using Radial Basis Functions for Surface Interpolation

##### Walter Frei | March 8, 2016

Have you ever had a set of nonuniformly distributed points in a Cartesian plane that sample a surface height, such as points on the contours of a map or data points representing some material property data? If so, you probably also wanted to reconstruct, or interpolate, a continuous and smooth surface between these points. You can construct such a surface using the core capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics by using Radial Basis Functions. Let’s find out how…

Read More##### Walter Frei | March 2, 2016

Have you ever wanted to rapidly set up a COMSOL Multiphysics model with hundreds of different parts? If so, you might not want to use a graphical user interface where you manually enter dimensions and properties for each part. Generating a text file that contains all of this information offers a much faster route. Today, we will look at how you can use the Application Builder to quickly convert a text input file into a COMSOL model.

Read More##### Walter Frei | February 22, 2016

Whenever you are building a finite element model in COMSOL Multiphysics, you should be aware of the element order that is being used. This is particularly important for multiphysics models as there are some distinct benefits to using different element orders for different physics. Today, we will review the key concepts behind element order and discuss how it applies to some common multiphysics models.

Read More##### Lexi Carver | February 3, 2016

Adding annotation plots to your plot groups is an easy way to label the plots of your simulation results with names, comments, and values of quantities evaluated at specified locations. In this blog post, we’ll explore adding annotation plots to a model of a heat sink.

Read More##### Bjorn Sjodin | February 2, 2016

Have you ever run a large parametric sweep overnight, only to discover the next morning that the parametric solver is still not finished? You may wish you could inspect the solutions for the parameters that are already computed while waiting for the last few parameters to converge. The remedy to this problem is to use a batch sweep, which automatically saves the parametric solutions that were already computed on a file that you can open for visualization and postprocessing purposes.

Read More##### Nikola Strah | January 25, 2016

Surely you remember the last time you were stuck in bed with the flu. Influenza, commonly known as the flu, can be at the very least an unpleasant experience, but it also claims a lot of casualties every year. Today, public health officials use mathematical modeling techniques to study the flu and other infectious diseases to predict their spread and make informed decisions about public health.

Read More##### Nancy Bannach | January 12, 2016

Modeling complex geometries with thin structures can be very costly in terms of computational effort, particularly as such structures require quite a lot of mesh elements in order to resolve them. COMSOL Multiphysics provides dedicated features for modeling thin structures so that such models can be solved efficiently while maintaining accuracy. To set up and postprocess thin structures, COMSOL Multiphysics also provides specialized operators to help you consider all the relevant parameters required for accurate results.

Read More##### 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.

Read More##### Walter Frei | December 29, 2015

While designing a structure, have you ever been unsure of how to achieve the best shape? If so, then you will want to add a useful technique called shape optimization to your COMSOL Multiphysics modeling skill set. Today, we will discuss the concept of shape optimization and demonstrate its use through a classical problem.

Read More##### Walter Frei | December 24, 2015

In this blog post, we will introduce the concept of shape optimization for adjusting part dimensions by using analytic sensitivity methods. If you have a single objective function that you want to improve, a set of geometric parameters that you want to change, as well as a set of constraints, then you can use the functionality of the Optimization Module and the Deformed Geometry interface in COMSOL Multiphysics to find the optimal structure without any remeshing. Let’s find out how!

Read More##### Walter Frei | November 18, 2015

When solving a chemical species transport problem, we are often dealing with cases that have a high Péclet number, where the ratio of the advection to diffusion is very high. We may also be dealing with such problems in structures that are periodic along the flow direction, and where the flow field itself is periodic. Using COMSOL Multiphysics, we can greatly reduce our computational requirements for such problems by using General Extrusion component couplings and the Previous Solution operator.

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