Selecting First Gear: Investigating a Classic Car Gearshift Mechanism

Gerard Hegemans | March 4, 2014

Cars come with either an automatic gearbox or a manually operated one, a stick shift. With a manual gearbox, we use the stick shifter very frequently while driving the car, yet we hardly ever think about the way the mechanism works. Here, we investigate how it works and what forces are acting on it when submitted to a very common load case — selecting first gear — with the help of a COMSOL Multibody Dynamics model of the gearshift mechanism.

Mark Fowler | March 3, 2014

Polymer electrolyte membrane or proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells provide a potentially clean and portable source of power. This is of major interest to the transport industry as well as for power generation at fixed sites. COMSOL Multiphysics is a powerful simulation tool you can use to help understand and overcome PEM fuel cell design and construction challenges.

Mads Herring Jensen | February 27, 2014

When sound propagates in structures and geometries with small dimensions, the sound waves become attenuated because of thermal and viscous losses. More specifically, the losses occur in the acoustic thermal and viscous boundary layers near the walls. This is a known phenomenon that needs to be included when studying and simulating systems affected by these losses in order to model these systems correctly and to match measurements.


Andrew Griesmer | February 25, 2014

A circulating fluidized bed (CFB) is used to create a homogeneous mixture of gas (usually air) and solid particles to increase the efficiency of the combustion process in boilers. A better understanding of this process will help engineers to optimize their design parameters based on their individual needs. The Circulating Fluidized Bed model in COMSOL does just this, simulating a CFB with a given set of parameters that are easily interchangeable, depending on the needs of the user.


Phil Kinnane | February 21, 2014

It must be an impressive sight. For people driving through the Mojave Desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the world’s largest solar-based thermal power plant can be seen on the way. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generation System consists of almost 350,000 garage door-sized mirrors, all pointing the sun’s rays to large boilers at the top of three 33-story tall towers. The result is a 390 MW power station — about a fifth the generation capacity of the Hoover Dam.


Fanny Littmarck | February 19, 2014

On this day, in the year 1473, now famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland. His main contribution to science was the controversial concept of a heliocentric universe. Five hundred years later, we not only accept the sun as the center of our solar system, we even support new theories of planets orbiting two stars at once.


Mads Herring Jensen | February 28, 2014

Previously, we introduced the theory behind thermoacoustics. Here, I will go deeper into modeling acoustics with the Thermoacoustic interface in COMSOL Multiphysics and show you some tips and tricks on how to do this.

Ahsan Munir | February 26, 2014

DNA is a complex molecule that contains instructions for life and often referred to as a “digital fingerprint” or code telling a cell what to do. DNA is often the only means for accurate testing and identification of biomolecules, cells, or even an entire person during forensic investigations. The need to be able to test for DNA, as quickly as possible, and even at the site where the sample is taken, is becoming more and more important.

Mark Fowler | February 24, 2014

Submarines can be detected by enemy weapon systems due to their magnetic signatures. By designing vessels with reduced magnetic signatures, detection can be avoided, but the composition and size of most submarines often make simulation difficult. COMSOL software helps you overcome this problem.


Pär Persson Mattsson | February 20, 2014

In the latest post in this Hybrid Modeling blog series, we discussed the basic principles behind shared memory computing — what it is, why we use it, and how the COMSOL software uses it in its computations. Today, we are going to discuss the other building block of hybrid parallel computing: distributed memory computing.

Jorge Molinero | February 18, 2014

Today, we are pleased to introduce a new guest author, Jorge Molinero of Amphos 21, a COMSOL Certified Consultant, who blogs about their new iCP technology. Along with several other parties, we at Amphos 21 have launched iMaGe, a multiphysics and geochemistry interfacing platform. The platform’s first product, iCP, connects COMSOL and PHREEQC, enabling the modeling of coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical phenomena.

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