COMSOL CONFERENCE 2020 EUROPE
Tech CafésAsk your toughest modeling questions to COMSOL technical product managers and application engineers in these interactive sessions on advanced modeling topics, featuring actual support questions from users.
Updated MinicoursesLearn new modeling skills and techniques in lecture-based minicourses geared toward both new and experienced users, with core functionality, introductory, and advanced sessions.
Panel DiscussionsParticipate in panel discussions featuring speakers across all fields of engineering to learn about what's new in multiphysics simulation in your industry.
Why Attend the COMSOL Conference?
October 14-15, 2020 | 8:45 a.m. CEsT (UTC+1)
- COMSOL Multiphysics® for New Users
This minicourse is for those who are just starting out with COMSOL Multiphysics® or want a refresher on the user interface (UI) and modeling workflow. During this session, the fundamentals of using the COMSOL® software will be demonstrated.
Speaker: Jaymin Patel
- Structural Mechanics: Mechanical Contact and General News in Version 5.6
This minicourse will focus on contact analysis, particularly the news in this area for version 5.6. You will get a quick introduction to how to set up contact problems in different structural mechanics interfaces and how to apply proper boundary conditions and solver settings. You will also get a brief overview of the concepts of geometric nonlinearity and frames. In addition, some of the general enhancements in the structural mechanics products will be presented.
Speaker: Henrik Sönnerlind
- Low-Frequency Electromagnetics: News in Version 5.6
In this minicourse, you will get an introduction to the AC/DC Module for low-frequency electromagnetics and an overview of the most important news in version 5.6. We will focus on the available formulations of Maxwell's equations and the application areas covered by the module.
Speakers: Durk de Vries and Magnus Olsson
- Fluid Flow: News in Version 5.6
In this minicourse, we will discuss the new functionality in the add-on products for fluid flow. Topics covered are laminar and turbulent flow, multiphase flow, and non-Newtonian fluids as well as news with respect to multiphysics and CFD. On the physics interface side, you will learn about the new shallow water equations and the compressible mixture model interfaces. The new total pressure conditions on inlets and outlets are useful in pump and fan simulations, and a geometry-based turbulence length scale can be used when specifying turbulent inlet conditions. In addition, a lot of new functionality has been added for non-Newtonian fluids in version 5.6, including several new constitutive models, thermal effects, and nonlinear wall slip.
Speakers: Mats Nigam and Ed Fontes
- Panel Discussion: Energy
The increasing introduction of alternative energy production and storage (wind, solar, batteries) into the conventional energy mix (oil, coal, nuclear, dam) and the general race for ever greater energy efficiency are transforming and affecting all sectors. The ongoing energy transition is a challenge for all of society. It requires the reorientation of production sources; the modernization of distribution means; and the adaptation of almost all existing applications, from the home to supertankers, airplanes, cars, communication means, etc. How can simulation be a key tool for testing, innovating, and anticipating these transformations?
- Meshing: Overview and News in Version 5.6
In this minicourse, we will walk you through the mesh generation techniques that are available to you in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software as well as present the news in version 5.6. We will introduce you to basic meshing concepts, such as how to tweak the meshing parameters for unstructured meshes and how to create structured meshes and meshes tailored for specific physics, such as fluid flow. You will also learn how to visualize the important properties of a mesh.
Speakers: Lorant Olasz and Hanna Gothäll
- Structural Mechanics: Material Model News in Version 5.6
In this minicourse, you will learn about the news in the latest version with respect to constitutive modeling and nonlinear materials for structural analysis. Enhancements for modeling layered materials in the Composite Materials Module will also be covered.
Speaker: Henrik Sönnerlind
- Nicolò Vasile, Italian Institute of Technology
Multiscale modeling of two-phase bioreactors for CO2 assimilation: developing new reactor design through a multi-physics approach to analyze and improve the bioprocess performance
- Shafigh Nategh, ABB
Challenges and Trends in Tool Development for E-mobility and Rail Applications
- Geometry Modeling: Overview and News in Version 5.6
Attend this minicourse to learn about the tools for creating geometry for simulation with COMSOL Multiphysics®. We will cover the new functionality available in version 5.6; demonstrate how to efficiently build parameterized geometry; and discuss how to carry out tasks such as creating a sketch with dimensions and constraints, generating 2D cross sections of 3D objects, and more.
Speakers: Lorant Olasz and Hanna Gothäll
- Acoustics: News in Version 5.6
In this minicourse, you will learn about the news in version 5.6, including functionality for the modeling of nonlinear effects in large and small systems. The new and extended port features for handling elastic waves and ports that connect to exterior lumped models will be introduced. Moreover, this session will cover features that are critical to efficient modeling of microacoustic devices including thermoviscous effects. In addition, this session will introduce news with respect to solving acoustically large models; that is, models that include many wavelengths. We will discuss ray acoustics, the time-explicit discontinuous Galerkin method, and boundary element methods.
Speaker: Mads Jensen
- RF, Microwave, and Wave Optics: News in Version 5.6
This minicourse is dedicated to modeling electromagnetics in the high-frequency regime using the RF Module and Wave Optics Module. The most important news in version 5.6 will be covered together with application areas in RF, terahertz waves, optics, and associated multiphysics.
Speakers: Jiyoun Munn and Ulf Olin
- CAD and ECAD Import
In this minicourse, we will present an overview of the functionality for importing CAD designs and various ECAD layout formats. You will get a demonstration of the tools for modifying the geometry after the import, such as how to remove unwanted details, create additional computational domains, and even restore missing faces. This minicourse will also cover best practices for ensuring that physics settings do not need to be reapplied after a CAD file is reimported and how to interface CAD software using the LiveLink™ interface for an efficient optimization of CAD designs.
Speaker: Lorant Olasz
- Svante Littmarck, COMSOL
- Heat Transfer: Radiation and News in Version 5.6
In this minicourse, you will learn how to include surface-to-surface radiation in your models and how to make optimal use of the COMSOL® software's capabilities. In particular, learn how to define the radiation direction using the domains and layer opacity properties, define wavelength-dependent properties, and speed up computations using symmetries and radiation groups. This minicourse will also cover the most important new heat transfer functionality in version 5.6.
Speaker: Nicolas Huc
- Shape and Topology Optimization
Get an overview of the shape and topology optimization capabilities available in the COMSOL® software for producing lightweight and more efficient designs. Shape optimization involves the parametric or free-form deformation of a CAD part using the Optimization Module. Using just a few control variables, you can quickly come up with improved designs. Topology optimization is used to come up with entirely novel designs by allowing the material distribution within the modeling domain to vary freely.
Speaker: Kristian Ejlebjærg Jensen
- Modeling Nonlinear Magnetic Materials with the AC/DC Module
Ferromagnetic materials are at the heart of motors, transformers, inductors, and many other electromagnetic devices, and typically exhibit magnetic saturation, hysteresis, and anisotropy. Iron loss estimation using Steinmetz or Bertotti loss models for fundamental frequency and harmonics will be discussed, as well as explicit hysteresis modeling.
Speakers: Cesare Tozzo and Lipeng Liu
- Panel Discussion: Biotechnologies
Biotechnology is booming. Many discoveries and applications require a combination of biological tissues and artificial devices. Miniaturization, targeted drug delivery, organ replacement, and assistive functions such as integrated pacemakers are some of the challenges. It is difficult to test everything on humans, especially since many physics are involved and must be considered in all of their complexity and at different scales. Therefore, isn't simulation (multiphysics) essential?
- Chemical and Electrochemical: News in Version 5.6
In this minicourse, you will learn about the news in version 5.6 for the Chemical Reaction Engineering Module, Electrochemistry Module, Electrodeposition Module, Corrosion Module, and the Batteries & Fuel Cells Module.
Speakers: Daniel Ahlman and Henrik Ekström
- Introduction to Solvers
This minicourse will introduce you to the most important solver algorithms in COMSOL Multiphysics®. A top-down perspective is used for the solution process of stationary, parametric, and time-dependent problems. A brief description of how an FEM discretization comes into play is given. After this course, you will be able to interpret the information printed to the Log window and displayed in Convergence plots during the solution process.
Speaker: Jacob Yström
- Panel Discussion: Simulation and Challenges
Numerical simulation is becoming increasingly important, both throughout the value chain, extending far beyond research and design, and in the relevant business sectors. This goes hand in hand with the increasing performance of digital technologies and computing resources. Simulation is one of the key components of the all-digital, proclaimed horizon of the industry 4.0. But what is the real place of simulation? How will it evolve? For example, should its use be restricted to a circle of specialists or should it be deployed more widely? And if so, how? These are some of the questions we will ask a panel of numerical simulation players.
- Meshing: Advanced Topics
In this minicourse, you will get further details of the meshing functionality in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. You will learn a useful technique for meshing imported CAD designs by hiding small geometry features from the mesher. We will demonstrate the available tools for adapting meshes by changing the size and distribution of elements according to error estimates in the solution, for example. The minicourse will also explore the editing and repairing tools that are available for imported mesh data.
Speakers: Lorant Olasz and Hanna Gothäll
- Solving Larger Models
In this minicourse, you will get an introduction to high-performance computing (HPC). We will discuss performance bottlenecks when solving larger models and describe the key elements in addressing these bottlenecks when it comes to selecting hardware and solvers. We will discuss examples of larger simulations and give you a flavor of what to expect from the latest HPC technology in COMSOL Multiphysics®. Special attention will be given to large sparse matrix problems, often at the core of any simulation.
Speaker: Jacob Yström
- Modeling Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers
This minicourse will cover the modeling of low- and high-temperature hydrogen fuel cells and water electrolyzers, based on different electrolytes such as proton exchange membranes (PEM), hydroxide exchange (alkaline) membranes, molten carbonates, and solid oxides. Electrochemical reactions, electrolyte charge transport, gas-phase mass transport, and convective flow will be treated, as well as two-phase water/gas transport.
Speaker: Henrik Ekström
- Developing and Deploying Applications
In this minicourse, you will learn how to create simulation applications using the Application Builder in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. A simulation application has a specialized user interface and allows for nonspecialists in modeling to benefit from simulations. This minicourse will also 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. You will learn how to create standalone applications using COMSOL Compiler™ as well as how to make simulation applications accessible using COMSOL Server™.
Speaker: Bjorn Sjodin
- Ray Optics: News in Version 5.6
In this minicourse, you will learn about the news in the latest version of the Ray Optics Module. We will introduce some new ways to release rays and handle ray-boundary interactions, as well as some new material models. We will also share some updated Application Library examples and showcase improvements in image simulation capability.
Speaker: Christopher Boucher
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