Bringing Multiphysics into Architecture

Edmund Dickinson | January 7, 2015

Architects cannot just be artists. A new building must not only be aesthetically pleasing but also structurally sound. In the design of modern buildings, great attention is paid to concepts such as environmental comfort and energy efficiency. With a range of physical problems to address in the transition from a building’s concept to a completed design, the 21st century architect may turn to multiphysics software.


Chien Liu | January 6, 2015

This blog post is part of a series aimed at introducing the weak form with minimal prerequisites. In the first blog post, we learned about the basic concepts of the weak formulation. All equations were left in the analytical form. Today, we will implement and solve the equations numerically using the COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software. You are encouraged to follow the steps with a working copy of the COMSOL software.

Nicolas Huc | January 2, 2015

In the past, I’ve received regular requests for the ability to check the view factors used by COMSOL Multiphysics. How accurate are they? What is the impact of a given parameter (mesh size, radiation resolution, etc.) on their accuracy? Good news: Version 5.0 provides new operators for postprocessing that correspond to the operators used to generate surface-to-surface equations. Allow me to demonstrate how to compute geometrical view factors.

Bridget Cunningham | December 31, 2014

Depending on their magnitude and frequency, vibrations can be a source of discomfort and even pain for the human body. The impact of these vibrations is surely felt, but wouldn’t it be interesting to visualize how different parts of the human body respond when placed in such an environment? We introduce you to a multibody model that enables you to analyze the body’s dynamic response to vibrations.

Lexi Carver | December 29, 2014

Last month, we saw examples of contour plots (and their 3D counterparts, isosurfaces) that were created to show the stress in a pulley and the acoustic frequency in a loudspeaker. In this installment of the postprocessing series, we’ll explore the use of streamlines to visually describe fluid flow.

Christopher Boucher | December 25, 2014

Optical devices such as monochromators and spectrometers can be used to separate polychromatic, or multi-colored, light into separate colors. These devices have many applications in diverse areas that range from chemistry to astronomy. Using built-in tools in the Ray Optics Module, it is possible to model the separation of electromagnetic rays at different frequencies with a monochromator or spectrometer as well as analyze the resolution of such devices.


Bjorn Sjodin | January 5, 2015

In 1977, the axion, a type of elementary particle, was suggested as a solution to a theoretical particle physics problem: the strong charge-parity (CP) problem. Later, it was discovered that the particle may actually be a component of dark matter. Many experiments are currently underway that have the goal of detecting axions. In this blog post, we’ll focus on the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment (ADMX), which uses a microwave cavity in an attempt to accomplish this goal.


Walter Frei | January 1, 2015

Consumer electronics such as phones, e-book readers, computers, and even wristwatches are all making use of touchscreen technology. Many of these touchscreens use some form of capacitive sensing. Let’s take a look at how to analyze such a capacitive sensor in COMSOL Multiphysics using the AC/DC Module.


Supratik Datta | December 30, 2014

We have introduced a new interface for simulating piezoelectric devices in version 5.0 of the COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software. This interface aims to achieve several things. In this blog post, I will explain what these things are and how you can use them.

Mateusz Stec | December 26, 2014

When simulating fatigue, you are faced with two main challenges. The first is to select a suitable fatigue model for your application and the second is to obtain the material data for the selected model. I recently addressed the first challenge in the blog post “Which Fatigue Model Should I Choose?“. Today, I will address the second challenge and discuss how you can obtain fatigue model parameters.


Mranal Jain | December 24, 2014

In a previous blog entry, we shared a postprocessing technique for creating an animation by combining parallel slices in a 3D steady-state model. Today, we will look at another postprocessing trick: how to evaluate and plot the maximum (or the minimum, average, or integration) value of any variable at various parallel sections along the axial coordinate.

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