September 24–26

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COMSOL Conference Cambridge 2019

You are invited to attend the COMSOL Conference 2019 to advance your numerical simulation skills and connect with fellow modeling and design experts. This event focuses on multiphysics simulation and its applications. A great variety of sessions offer everything from inspiring keynotes by industry leaders to 1-on-1 discussion with application engineers and developers. You can customize the program to your own specific needs, whether the purpose is learning new modeling techniques or connecting with fellow users of the COMSOL® software. Join us at the COMSOL Conference to:

  • Stay up-to-date with current multiphysics modeling tools and technologies
  • Pick up new simulation techniques in a variety of minicourses and workshops
  • Present a paper or poster and gain recognition for your design and research work
  • Interact with your colleagues in industry-specific panel discussions
  • Get assistance for your modeling problems at demo stations
  • Learn how to build and deploy simulation applications for your team or organization
  • Draw inspiration for your next design innovation from leaders in multiphysics simulation

Schedule September 24-26

8 a.m.
Registration Opens
9 a.m.
Welcome to the COMSOL Conference
9:15 a.m.
Coffee Break
9:30 a.m.
  • By Xi Engineering Consultants

    Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd. are specialists in multiphysics simulation and measurement. Our diverse experience allows us to help clients understand their product and optimize designs based on rigorous mathematical modeling. We have helped clients across a broad range of sectors with products of all physical scales, applying physics to ensure that products make it to market faster and at a lower cost. Our long-standing work in acoustics and vibration now extends to microelectromechanical systems, electromagnetism, thermal management, and fluid flow analysis.

    In this workshop, the team will showcase how the award-winning Sonoma Model One headphones, developed by Warwick Acoustics, were brought to market and manufactured more efficiently through partnering with Xi’s simulation team. Together with support from Xi, Warwick Acoustics was able to develop cutting-edge electrostatic speaker technology.

    This session will outline how Xi apply modeling expertise using the COMSOL Multiphysics® computer simulation software to accelerate the development and to optimize the design of products.

    The team will be on hand to discuss the real-world applications of the software and how it can assist in your product design and analysis. We will also have a set of the world-class headphones available for you to experience.

  • This minicourse is for those who are just starting out with COMSOL Multiphysics® or want a refresher on the graphical user interface (GUI) and modeling workflow. During this session, the fundamentals of using the COMSOL® software will be demonstrated.

  • This course is designed for anyone interested in heat transfer modeling. It gives an overview of the modeling capabilities for heat transfer, from the simplest cases (e.g., conduction in solids with a prescribed temperature) to the most advanced (e.g., conjugate heat transfer in the turbulent regime). The session provides several tips to run heat transfer simulations successfully. Different modeling approaches will be compared, with a particular focus on the performances and the corresponding validity of the hypotheses.

  • In this minicourse, you will learn different approaches for modeling layered shells in COMSOL Multiphysics®. The Layered Shell interface will be covered in detail, including the modeling of delamination. You will also learn how to extract homogenized material properties from a micromechanical model using a representative volume element approach. Finally, the analysis of multiphysics problems in layered shells will be discussed.

  • In this minicourse, we will address the modeling of resistive, capacitive, and inductive devices with the AC/DC Module. The calculation of electric fields under steady-state, transient, and frequency-domain conditions will be covered, as well as the extraction of lumped parameters such as resistance and capacitance. When magnetic fields are considered as well, inductive properties become important. You will learn about using the AC/DC Module to model static, transient, and frequency-domain magnetic fields that arise around magnets and coils. We will introduce various ways of modeling magnetically permeable materials, inductors, transformers, motors, and generators.

  • The Application Builder, included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, allows you to wrap your COMSOL Multiphysics® models in user-friendly interfaces. This minicourse will cover the two main components of the Application Builder: the Form Editor and the Method Editor. You will learn how to use the Form Editor to add buttons, sliders, input and output objects, and more. You will also learn how to use the Method Editor and other tools to efficiently write methods to extend the functionality of your apps.

10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
11 a.m.
Keynote Session
  • Svante Littmarck, COMSOL
  • Bjorn Sjodin, COMSOL
  • Kristian E. Jensen, COMSOL
12 p.m.
1 p.m.
Demo Stations, Exhibition, and Poster Session Open
1 p.m.
User Presentations
2 p.m.
Coffee break Sponsored by Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

2:30 p.m.
Minicourses and Panel Discussion
  • Additive manufacturing has become a successful commercial technology and transformed production in many industries, such as aerospace, medicine, and consumer products. It can significantly reduce material waste and increase efficiency for traditional manufacturing operations. Simulation and physics modeling can assist the development of advanced materials and optimize additive manufacturing techniques significantly. The modeling of manufacturing processes such as sintering, welding, and powder compaction requires a robust multiphysics platform. Join this session to discuss how multiphysics simulation can be integrated into the design workflow in material processing and additive manufacturing as well as challenges the industry is currently facing.

  • This minicourse gives you a top-down view of the most important solver methods for multiphysics problems when using the finite element method with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Similarities and differences between stationary and time-dependent problems will be highlighted. Important fundamentals about robustness and simulation speed will be discussed.

  • Attend this minicourse to learn about the tools for generating geometry with COMSOL Multiphysics®. We will cover how to efficiently build geometry that can be parameterized and look into more advanced techniques; for example, how to create a geometry from simulation results. Generating a geometry also involves preparing selections for physics settings. By using the right selection tools, you can easily automate the modeling workflow, even when this involves simulations on widely different versions of a geometry.

  • This minicourse starts with an overview of the general functionality for laminar flow in the CFD Module and Particle Tracing Module. This introduction is followed by a detailed description of the functionality added on with the Microfluidics Module. The Microfluidics Module features custom interfaces for the simulation of microfluidic devices. Its single-phase flow capabilities include both Newtonian and non-Newtonian flow. Beyond the single-phase flow capabilities, the Microfluidics Module also allows for two-phase flow simulations to capture surface tension forces, capillary forces, and Marangoni effects. Typical uses include lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices, digital microfluidics, electrokinetic and magnetokinetic devices, inkjets, and vacuum systems.

  • This minicourse will give an overview of the different methods of deployment you can use to spread the use of simulation in your organization and to your customers through apps created with the Application Builder in COMSOL Multiphysics®. Learn how to create standalone apps using COMSOL Compiler™ as well as deploying apps using COMSOL Server™. The mincourse will cover working with the COMSOL Server™ administration web page, managing user accounts and privileges, uploading and managing apps, monitoring app usage, and configuring system-level settings.

3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
4 p.m.
Minicourses and Panel Discussion
  • In the drive to reduce emissions while retaining the power and efficiency of our transportation methods, the next generation of electric and hybrid vehicles must be developed further. Whether it is understanding the electrochemical mechanisms of novel battery designs, innovating the design of new electric motors and power electronics, or improving the thermal management of powertrain systems, there are many routes where simulation can assist organizations in overtaking the competition. Attend this panel discussion to participate in the exploration of how multiphysics modeling can influence the further development of electric vehicles.

  • Changes in the temperature of a material can lead to a change in material phase, from solid to liquid to gas. The evaporation and condensation of water are very common cases of phase change. This minicourse will introduce you to moisture transport and the various types of phase change modeling that can be done with COMSOL Multiphysics® and the Heat Transfer Module. We will address the relative merits and tradeoffs between these techniques.

  • Many different physical phenomena are coupled to the deformation of solids. In this minicourse, you will get an overview of how to model fluid-structure interaction, thermal stresses and thermoelastic damping, electromechanical forces, magnetostriction, piezoelectricity, poroelasticity, and acoustic-structure interaction. The built-in multiphysics couplings are highlighted, together with examples of how to create your own couplings.

  • Learn how to efficiently simulate incompressible and compressible turbulent flows in this CFD minicourse. We will also discuss the turbulent flow applications in the Particle Tracing Module. The CFD Module allows for accurate multiphysics flow simulations, such as conjugate heat transfer with nonisothermal flow and fluid-structure interaction. Physics interfaces for simulating flow in porous media, disperse and separated multiphase flow, and flow in stirred vessels with rotating parts will also be presented.

  • In this minicourse, we will walk you through the meshing techniques that are available to you in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We will introduce you to basic meshing concepts, such as how to tweak the meshing parameters for unstructured meshes. More advanced topics include working with swept meshes and creating mesh plots. You will also learn a useful technique for meshing imported CAD designs: How to hide small geometry features from the mesher.

5 p.m.
Minicourses and Panel Discussion End
6 p.m.
Drinks Reception at St. John's College
7 p.m.
Drinks Reception at St. John's College End
8 a.m.
9 a.m.
  • By Double Precision Consultancy

    Material models in the simulations that we run need populating with reliable material data. However, if unavailable, obtaining the mechanical material properties of metals (plasticity parameters, for example) using conventional mechanical testing equipment can be cumbersome, expensive, and time consuming. A new method, developed by scientists from the University of Cambridge, has recently emerged as an alternative. Termed "indentation plastometry", the method is simpler, quicker, and cheaper than conventional mechanical testing methods; for instance, metal stress-strain curves can be obtained in just a few minutes, using small samples with minimal preparation. In this workshop, we’ll review the underlying methodology, and we’ll cover how we leveraged the power of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, cloud computing, machine learning, and COMSOL Compiler™ to support the development and release of a commercially available indentation plastometer for our client, Plastometrex. We will also perform a live demonstration of the indentation plastometer in operation.

  • This minicourse gives you further details of the most important solver methods for multiphysics problems when using the finite element method with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We discuss some methods, like iterative linear solvers, that are of uttermost importance for most 3D simulations.

  • Importing CAD designs often involves modifying the geometry after the import; for example, to remove unwanted details, create additional computational domains, or even restore missing faces. Besides demonstrating the tools for these tasks, this minicourse will also cover best practices for working with imported CAD geometries and how to interface CAD software using the LiveLink™ interface for an efficient optimization of CAD designs.

  • This minicourse is focused on modeling all kinds of transducers. The transduction from an electric signal to an acoustic signal, including the mechanical path, is a true multiphysics application. We will set up a simple model using the built-in multiphysics couplings and also look at other modeling techniques, like combining lumped models with FEM or BEM. The analysis can be done in the frequency domain or extended to the time domain, where nonlinear effects can be included. You will also learn about recent news and additions to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software relevant to the topic. Application areas include, but are not limited to, mobile devices, piezotransducers, loudspeakers, headsets, and speaker cabinets.

  • Layered materials are designed to define simple to advanced layered structures that are usually too thin to be explicitly represented in the geometry. Learn how to use the preprocessing tools to define and visualize layer thickness, orientation, and material properties. The layered material functionality is supported for structural mechanics, heat transfer, and electric current simulation. This minicourse will show how to define single-physics and multiphysics models on a layered material and how to use the dedicated postprocessing features, like volume, surface, and through-thickness plots.

10 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:30 a.m.
User Presentations
12 p.m.
1 p.m.
Keynote Session
  • César Bustos, Arup
  • Børge Noddeland, Rolls-Royce Electrical Norway AS
2 p.m.
Coffee Break / Poster Presentation Session
2:45 p.m.
User Presentations and Panel Discussion

  • With the explosion of connected devices using a wide range of sensors that exploit multiphysics phenomena, there are more sources of data than ever contributing to the internet of things (IoT). Combined with the readily available computing power of the cloud, simulation has the opportunity to advance the next industrial revolution: Industry 4.0. Can simulations be run without the need for specialist engineers? Can they be automated and integrated within connected sensors? What steps are needed to realize the real-time analysis of digital twins? Join this panel discussion to hear the latest thoughts on the answers to these questions.

3:45 p.m.
Coffee Break
4:15 p.m.
Minicourses and Panel Discussion
  • Devices and components that involve sound are widely used in a range of applications, including loudspeakers and microphones in smart devices, sound reproduction in rooms, and sound attenuation in muffler systems. In all of these classical acoustics applications, multiphysics modeling is key to producing realistic simulation results. Examples include the influence of flow on the acoustic performance of a muffler, the use of metamaterials to optimize sound insulation and sound control in concert halls, or the investigation of nonlinear phenomena in miniature acoustic devices. Attend this panel discussion to gain insight into multiphysics modeling techniques and their importance to simulate novel and classical acoustics applications.

  • Given a CAD part with a set of parameterized dimensions, you can use the Optimization Module to improve an objective function and consider a set of constraints by changing these dimensions. This type of parametric optimization of CAD dimensions uses an approximate-gradient method. Come learn about the advantages and limitations of this approach, as well as how to efficiently set up and solve such optimization problems.

  • In this minicourse, we will cover the use of the RF Module and Wave Optics Module for simulating Maxwell's equations in the high-frequency electromagnetic wave regime. We will discuss applications in resonant cavity analysis, antenna modeling, transmission lines and waveguides, periodic structures, and scattering. Then, we will address the coupling of electromagnetic wave simulations to heat transfer, such as in RF heating.

  • Porous media surrounds us. It includes the ground beneath us, paper products, filters, and even biological tissue. In this minicourse, we will explore flow and diffusion in porous media as well as how to treat partially saturated media. We will also cover coupled systems, including linked free and porous flows; poroelasticity; and mass convection-diffusion in forced, gravity-fed, and density-driven flows.

  • Partial differential equations (PDEs) constitute the mathematical foundation to describe the laws of nature. This minicourse will introduce you to the techniques for constructing your own linear or nonlinear PDE systems. You will also learn how to add ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and algebraic equations to your model.

5:15 p.m.
Poster Presentation Session
6 p.m.
Poster Presentation Session Ends
6:30 p.m.
Awards Dinner
9 p.m.
Awards Dinner Ends
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
  • Solving large and complex finite element models can take significant time and computational resources. In this minicourse, we will address the modeling techniques that you should be aware of and then go into the choice of solvers for large models. We will cover the differences between the various solvers in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software in terms of their time and memory usage.

  • The high-fidelity simulation of optical systems in particularly harsh environments must account for the impact of thermal and structural effects on optical performance. For example, the large temperature changes found in outer space and high-powered laser focusing systems can change the refractive indices due to thermo-optic dispersion. Under extreme conditions, the elements of the optical system may experience significant thermal stress, causing physical deformation and a further degradation of the image quality.

    In this minicourse, you will learn how to use the Ray Optics Module to perform coupled structural-thermal-optical performance (STOP) analyses of optical systems. You will learn how to use COMSOL Multiphysics® to compute temperature and displacement fields using the finite element method (FEM) and then couple these fields to a ray optics simulation using built-in optical dispersion models. The distinction between unidirectional and bidirectional couplings in STOP analysis models will also be explained.

  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to define and solve problems in electrodeposition, corrosion protection, and corrosion studies. These systems all involve mass and charge transfer coupled to electrochemical reactions at deforming metal surfaces. We will look at two different approaches: one that treats the surface deformation as a variable and a second approach that treats the surface deformation with moving mesh. The most common type of study for these systems is the time-dependent study, but we will also briefly look at electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) studies.

  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to model problems within the field of structural dynamics. The course covers eigenfrequency analysis, frequency-domain analysis, time-domain analysis, and modal superposition. You will learn how to select appropriate and efficient methods. Damping models, nonlinearities, linearization, and prestressed analysis are other important topics. You will also get a brief overview of the Multibody Dynamics Module and Rotordynamics Module.

10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
11 a.m.
Keynote Session
  • Edmund Dickinson, National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • Bojan Jokanović, SGL Carbon GmbH
12 p.m.
1 p.m.
  • Learn how to customize your Model Builder workflow by creating your own Settings windows. Using the Application Builder, you can create settings forms and methods with specialized functionality that can affect any part of the model tree. This session also covers how to make custom functionality available to others in your organization.

  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to define chemical kinetics, thermodynamic properties, and transport properties for models of reacting systems using the Chemical Reaction Engineering Module. We will address topics including homogeneous and surface reactions, diffusion and convection in diluted and concentrated solutions, thermal effects on transport and reactions, and mass and heat transfer in heterogeneous catalysis.

  • In this minicourse, we will study different classes of problems involving acoustic propagation in fluids and solids, ranging from propagation in large domains, such as rooms or the ocean, to transmission through small perforations, where thermal and viscous losses are important. We also discuss modeling the interaction of elastic waves in solids and pressure waves in fluids (ASI) as well as propagation in moving fluids; that is, convected acoustics or aeroacoustics. You will also learn about recent news and additions to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software relevant to acoustics. Application areas include, but are not limited to, muffler design, sound insulation materials, room and car acoustics, flow meters, and liners.

  • Topology optimization is a method by which you can come up with entirely novel designs. By allowing the material distribution within the modeling domains to be a distributed variable field, you can let the software come up with entirely new designs. You can use shape optimization to improve the performance of an existing product or as a postprocessing step for topology optimization. Come and learn how to quickly set up and solve such models.

2 p.m.
Demo Stations, Exhibition, and Poster Session Close
2 p.m.
Coffee Break
2:30 p.m.
  • When presenting your results, the quality of the postprocessing will determine the impact of your presentation. This minicourse will thoroughly explore the many tools in the Results node designed to make your data look its best, including mirroring, revolving symmetric data, cut planes, cut lines, exporting data, joining or comparing multiple data sets, as well as animations.

  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to model batteries with a focus on lithium-ion batteries, including transport of ions, porous electrodes, and electrode reactions. You will also get an introduction to the corresponding couplings to heat transport for performing thermal simulations. We will address how to simulate various transient phenomena, such as constant current-constant voltage (CCCV) charge/discharge cycling, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and capacity fade.

  • This minicourse is focused on the application of the discontinuous Galerkin (dG), Time Explicit approach to modeling transient linear elastic and acoustics phenomena in acoustically large computational domains. The course gives an overview of the dG-based physics interfaces available in the Acoustics Module and applications in which their use is beneficial, including ultrasound transducers, nondestructive testing, and geophysics.

    We will discuss the distinctive features of the dG method with respect to discretization, mesh, and solvers. You will learn how to set up single-physics and coupled linear elastic/acoustics models, handle nonconforming meshes, and treat material discontinuities.

  • This minicourse will focus on how to interface the MATLAB® and COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Learn how to use MATLAB® as a scripting interface to implement and solve your COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation, export or import your data at the MATLAB® command prompt, and define model properties such as boundary conditions or material definitions within an m-function.

  • Radiative heat transfer is one of the three types of heat transfer and plays a major role in many applications. During this session, we will discuss different examples in order to help identify cases where thermal radiation has to be accounted for. Then, we will present the different physics interfaces for radiation modeling. Surface-to-surface radiation modeling capabilities will be described in detail. In particular, the options to define gray radiation and multiple spectral bands will be explored. The different types of surfaces (diffuse, specular, and semitransparent) will be presented as well.

3:30 p.m.
Conference Ends

Conference Venue

Churchill College, University of Cambridge

Storey’s Way
Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 336000
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 336180

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Stansted Airport is the main international airport near Cambridge with regular flights from many European destinations. There is a regular train service between Stansted and Cambridge that takes about 30 minutes.

Luton Airport is about 40 miles (65 km) from Cambridge. There is no train connection from Luton Airport to Cambridge, but there is a National Express coach service departing from just outside the terminal building. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach Cambridge.

London Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport are located just over 2 hours by train from Cambridge.


There is a fast and frequent rail service from London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street through to Cambridge. There are excellent connections from Scotland & the North via Peterborough, and regional services from Birmingham & the Midlands, East Anglia, and the Northwest.

From Cambridge Train Station

Bus: Cambridge train station is less than 3 miles away from the conference venue. There is a regular bus service that runs throughout the city. For more information on Cambridge buses, visit:

Taxi: Churchill College is a 15-minute taxi ride from the train station. A taxi rank is located just outside the station.


From the M11 (from the south) Exit Junction 13
Please note: There is no exit southbound at Junction 13 on M11. See directions below for A14 (from the north west).
At the end of the slip road, turn right onto Madingley Road. Continue toward the City Centre. Pass the Cavendish Laboratory on the right, followed by the college playing fields on the left. Take the next left turning onto Storey's Way. Churchill College is on the left-hand corner of the site. Drive past the front of the college. Take the first turning on the left, which has a sign that reads "Churchill Road, Private Road". Follow the directions below for parking.

From the A428 (from the west)
After the blue pedestrian bridge, exit the A428, crossing the roundabout onto the A1303 signed for Cambridge. Pass the American War Cemetery on your left and continue toward the City Centre, crossing the M11. Pass the Cavendish Laboratory on the right, followed by the college playing fields on the left. Take the next left turning onto Storey's Way. Churchill College is on the left-hand corner of the site. Drive past the front of the college. Take the first turning on the left, which has a sign that reads: "Churchill Road, Private Road". Follow the directions below for parking.

From the A14 (from the east; not suitable for vehicles over 6'6"/2 m wide)
Take the third exit signposted for Cambridge. At the top of the slip road, take the first exit signposted Cambridge (B1049). Follow this road for approximately 2 km, reaching the T-junction at the end. Turn right and immediately right again through two sets of traffic lights. You are on the A1307 heading toward Huntingdon. After passing Murray Edwards (off-white) and Fitzwilliam (brown) colleges and some playing fields on the left, and just before a set of pedestrian traffic lights, turn left onto Storey's Way. Pass through the width restriction on the first bend. After the next sharp bend, turn right onto Churchill Road, Private Road. Follow the directions below for parking.

From the A14 (from the northwest; not suitable for vehicles over 6'6"/2 m wide)
Take junction 31 off A14 (just as it meets the M11). Follow signs to Cambridge along A1307, keeping in the right-hand lane. Continue toward Cambridge City Centre, traveling along Huntingdon Road. Pass Girton College and Hotel Felix on your left. After the second set of traffic lights, turn right into Storey's Way. Pass through the width restriction on the first bend. After the next sharp bend, turn right onto Churchill Road, Private Road. Follow the directions below for parking.


Churchill Road Visitor parking is available along the right-hand side of Churchill Road and in the car park at the top, past the Møller Centre car park.


We recommend that conference attendees stay at the Churchill College site. Please note that onsite accommodation is limited, so we recommend booking as early as possible!

Churchill College

Click on the link above and enter KX47265 in the Promotion/event code box. Once the code is entered, you’ll be able to select the Conference dates and to proceed with your booking.

Alternatively, click here for a list of nearby hotels. We recommend you book as early as possible, as hotels in Cambridge will be busy in September.



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