Archived COMSOL Conference 2020


October 14–15

Join us virtually for the COMSOL Conference 2020 Europe, now hosted online. You will get a firsthand look at what is possible with multiphysics modeling and numerical simulation, as well as an opportunity to attend a wide range of minicourses to advance your modeling skills. Plus, you will see the latest version of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software in action.

Program Highlights

Tech Cafés
Ask 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 Minicourses
Learn new modeling skills and techniques in lecture-based minicourses geared toward both new and experienced users, with core functionality, introductory, and advanced sessions.
Panel Discussions
Participate 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?

Present your modeling work to an audience of fellow engineers, scientists, and researchers — and connect with the community in the Tech Café.
Attend instructor-led and hands-on minicourses covering a variety of physics and modeling areas and learn from other users.
Get inspiration for your next modeling project from keynote talks, presentations, and panel discussions featuring speakers across all fields of engineering.

Europe Schedule

October 14-15, 2020 | 8:45 a.m. CEsT (UTC+1)

8:45 a.m. CEsT
Welcome to the COMSOL Conference
9:00 a.m.
  • 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: Colas Joannin

  • 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

  • In this minicourse, you will get an overview of the AC/DC Module for low-frequency electromagnetics and 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

  • 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

10:00 a.m.
  • 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?


    Sven Friedel

    Sven Friedel, COMSOL

    Sven Friedel established the COMSOL branch office in Switzerland in 2004. He received his PhD in physics from the University of Leipzig in the field of inverse electromagnetic problems. There, he also taught lectures in geomagnetism and volcanology before joining the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zürich as a postdoctoral researcher.


    Henrik Ekström

    Henrik Ekström, COMSOL AB

    Henrik Ekström is the technology manager for electrochemistry at COMSOL. Prior to joining COMSOL in 2010, Henrik worked at various fuel cell startup firms in Sweden. He received his PhD in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

    Mark-Paul Buckingham

    Mark-Paul Buckingham, Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd

    Dr. Mark-Paul Buckingham is the managing director of Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd. He achieved first-class honors in mechanical engineering at the University of Edinburgh and completed a PhD in mechanical engineering, specializing in the measurement of vibration reduction. Dr. Buckingham is the driving force behind Xi Engineering. Xi Engineering is one of the only five COMSOL Certified Consultants in the UK and helps their clients accelerate their research & development, solving complex engineering problems by applying advanced multiphysics simulation and measurement techniques. Specific projects of note would be the analysis, modeling, and installation of vibration damping equipment on live MW class turbines; turbine measurement and vibrational modal analysis on behalf of GE; propulsion system analysis for Rolls Royce; and the development of advanced modeling platform tools for Ocado. Dr. Buckingham has more than ten years of experience in managing technical projects, and he is regularly asked to speak at international conferences on topics such as digital twins and Industry 4.0.

    Gianluca De Marzi

    Gianluca De Marzi, ENEA

    Gianluca De Marzi is an experimental physicist for the Italian National Agency ENEA. He received his MS and PhD from the University of Rome "Sapienza, Dept. of Physics, with a focus on applied superconductivity. During the years 2018-2019 he was appointed Associated Scientist at CERN, working on the electromechanical characterization of superconducting cables for particle accelerators.At ENEA, his primary responsibilities include modeling and design of superconducting cables and coils for nuclear fusion devices.

    Juergen Schumacher

    Juergen Schumacher, ZHAW

    Jürgen Schumacher studied physics in Frankfurt/Main and Freiburg in Germany. He has a Ph.D. onnumerical simulation and characterization of novel and high-efficiency solar cell devices at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg. He worked as a visiting scientist at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in the Photovoltaics Special Research Centre headed by Prof. Martin Green. Currently, he is with the Institute of Computational Physics (ICP) at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), where he is leading the team "Electrochemical Cells and Energy Systems". With a long-standing experience in the development of computational models on several length scales, from the porous microstructure of electrodes to large-scale commercial stacks of electrochemical cells, based on various numerical solution techniques Prof. Schumacher has led several projects to transfer knowledge on the modeling and construction of proton exchange membrane cells (PEFCs) to theindustry.

    Eugene Badea

    Eugene Badea, GE

    I received both my M.Sc. and PhD in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania, while being a two years postdoctoral fellow with Well Logging Laboratory, University of Houston. I worked as a physicist in applied superconductivity industry being affiliated with Houston Advanced Research Center and Superconducting Supercollider National Laboratory until the lab was cancelled by US congress. Later on, I worked as a scientist for several service companies operating within the oil exploration industry such as Sperry-Sun, Halliburton, Baker-Atlas and Pathfinder Energy Services. Since 2009 I worked as a development engineer for energy generation industry, being affiliated with Alstom Switzerland while currently being with GE Switzerland.

    Sean Crawford Chapman

    Sean Crawford Chapman, Enapter S.r.l.

    Sean C. Chapman is an R&D scientist at Enapter S.r.l., an Anion Exchange Membrane (AEM) Electrolyser company. Hitherto joining Enapter in 2018, Sean worked with different groups specializing in hydrogen technologies (fuel cells, electrochemical compressors, and electrolysers): the Sustainable Electrochemical Energy lab (SEElab), under the mentorship of Dr. Iryna Zenyuk, during his BSc in Engineering Physics at Tufts University, and the Energy Conversion Group, with principle investigator Dr. Adam Weber, at Lawrence-Berkeley National Lab. During his time at each group, he worked on a combination of COMSOL models and experimental validation/characterization of each respective system. Hydrogen-AEM technologies are on the precipice of vast commercialization, making Multiphysics modeling paramount for efficient prototyping and filling in the lacuna from ongoing investigations within academia.

11:00 a.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, User Presentations, and 1-on-1 Support Sessions
  • 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

  • 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

  • Join COMSOL engineers and your colleagues to discuss the modeling of fluid flow applications using COMSOL Multiphysics®. Ask questions about modeling techniques, appropriate features and settings in the software to model such phenomena, and how best to model your specific applications.

    Speaker: Mats Nigam

  • User Presentations: Electromagnetism 1
  • Support Center Open for 1-on-1 Support
12:00 p.m.
Keynote Session
  • 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

    The talk describes our simulation experience with COMSOL in the field of Thermo-Fluid-dynamic and biochemical modeling of multiphase bio-reactors powered mainly by CO2, H2 and LED/solar light, for the production of chemicals, bio-syngas and bioplastics from engineered bacteria.

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12:45 p.m. CEsT
1:30 p.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, User Presentations, and 1-on-1 Support Sessions
  • 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

  • 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

  • Join COMSOL engineers and your colleagues at this Tech Café to discuss modeling structural mechanics using COMSOL Multiphysics®. You can also ask questions about specific applications involving multiphysics phenomena such as acoustic-structure interactions, fluid-structure interactions, thermal stresses, and more.

    Speaker: Henrik Sönnerlind

  • User Presentations: Electromagnetism 2
  • Support Center Open for 1-on-1 Support
2:30 p.m
Keynote Session
3:15 p.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, User Presentations, and 1-on-1 Support Sessions
  • 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

  • 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

  • Join this Tech Café to discuss various acoustics topics including modeling and simulation of speakers, microphones, hearing aids, car cabin interiors, aeroacoustics, building acoustics, and more.

    Speaker: Mads Jensen

  • Participate in a discussion on battery modeling with colleagues and COMSOL engineers. Engineers will be made available to answer questions about your applications and suggest the best techniques for modeling them.

    Speaker: Henrik Ekström

  • User Presentations: Chemical, Electrochemical & Bioengineering
  • Support Center Open for 1-on-1 Support
4:15 p.m.
Keynote Session
  • In this presentation, Svante Littmarck, CEO of the COMSOL Group, will introduce COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.6.

5:00 p.m.
Poster Presentation Session
8:45 a.m. CEsT
Welcome to the COMSOL Conference
9:00 a.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, and User Presentations
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Participate in this discussion on the interface between COMSOL Multiphysics® and MATLAB®. Topics will include using MATLAB® as a scripting interface to set up and solve your COMSOL Multiphysics® models as well as calling MATLAB® functions when modeling within the COMSOL Desktop® and from simulation apps.

    Speakers: Lars Gregersen, Rémi Magnard

  • User Presentations: Multiphysics, Optimization
10:00 a.m.
  • 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?


    Ruud Börger

    Ruud Börger, COMSOL

    Ruud Börger is an account manager at COMSOL Benelux. Before joining COMSOL in 2010, he earned an MS degree in physics and started his career at Philips. He has extensive knowledge on fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and electromagnetics.


    Nicolas Huc

    Nicolas Huc, COMSOL

    Nicolas Huc joined COMSOL France in 2004 and is currently the head of their development team. He is also the manager of the Heat Transfer Module. Nicolas studied engineering at ENSIMAG before receiving his PhD in living system modeling from Joseph Fourier University.

    François Cornat

    François Cornat, CORWAVE

    François Cornat is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan - specializing in Mechanics of Materials and Structures, he has a French Agregation in Engineering Sciences. After a PhD at the LadHyX laboratory of the Ecole Polytechnique in bio-mechanics, he has been in charge of the simulation and development of mechanical models at CorWave for 3 years.

    Edgar J. Kaiser

    Edgar J. Kaiser, emPhys Physical Technology

    Edgar J. Kaiser is the founder and owner of emPhys and holds a MSc degree in physics. He studied in Munich and Freiburg. His professional focus is on applied physics in material science and medical technology. In both fields, he specialized in electromagnetic and radio frequency applications. This is reflected by his knowledgeable focus on electromagnetic simulations in COMSOL Multiphysics.

    Thijs Defraeye

    Thijs Defraeye, EMPA

    Thijs Defraeye received his PhD in 2011 from KU Leuven. He has worked since 2014 for Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), currently as a senior scientist at the Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles in St. Gallen. He focuses on food technology, where he applies computational methods and nondestructive imaging to study food dehydration and cooling processes. His mission is to better understand how process parameters affect the resulting food properties and microstructures in order to optimize these processes and provide consumers with pristine food quality.

11:00 a.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, User Presentations, and 1-on-1 Support Sessions
  • 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

  • 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

  • In this Tech Café, we will discuss topics such as using datasets; computing integrals, averages, and max/min values; generating plots; creating animations; and exporting data tables, plots, and animations.

    Speaker: Gunnar Andersson

  • User Presentations: Heat Transfer
  • Support Center Open for 1-on-1 Support
12:00 p.m.
Keynote Session
12:45 p.m. CEsT
1:30 p.m.
  • 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.


    Jean-Marc Petit

    Jean-Marc Petit, COMSOL

    Jean-Marc Petit graduated with a PhD in physics from the University of Orsay at CEA Saclay. He then conducted research at ESRF and contributed to R&D at L'Oréal before joining COMSOL France in 2003. He is now in charge of Business Development.


    Daniel Ericsson

    Daniel Ericsson, COMSOL

    Daniel Ericsson is the global application product manager at COMSOL. He has dedicated his professional life to bringing multiphysics modeling and simulation to engineers and scientists. He has a solid technical background and a deep understanding of how organizations can adopt and benefit from simulation.

    Patrick Namy

    Patrick Namy, SIMTEC

    Patrick Namy is an engineer who graduated from ENSIMAG in 2001, earning his PhD in applied mathematics in 2004 from Joseph Fourier University. His thesis, for which he received an award, was about modeling living systems. Patrick is the founder and CEO of SIMTEC, which was created in 2006. He is passionate about mathematical and computer science applications to physics. He particularly enjoys conveying his knowledge to SIMTEC clients in order to help them become self-sufficient users of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

    Fritz Hoffmeister

    Fritz Hoffmeister, MTU

    Fritz Hoffmeister has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a MSc in computational en-gineering and simulation at Munich University of Applied Sciences. He worked in the automotive in-dustry calculating vehicle crash and airbag multiphysics simulations. He is now at MTU as simulation specialist for manufacturing processes.

    Clara Lagomarsini

    Clara Lagomarsini, Nexans Research Center

    Clara Lagomarsini is currently working as a research and development engineer in the Product Performance Simulation team at the Nexans Research Center. In this position, she works on issues related to the design and installation of cable systems in different applications, using analytical and finite element simulation tools. After attending an engineering school in Pisa, Italy, she completed her internship at Queen Mary University in London. In 2018, she obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Grenoble Alpes, working at the Grenoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory.

    Jonas Faleskogi

    Jonas Faleskog, KTH

    Jonas Faleskog is a professor in Solid mechanics at KTH. He carries out research in fracture and material mechanics and teaches courses in the FEM, plasticity, fracture, and continuum mechanics. Currently, he very much enjoys teaching a simulation and project-based course on FEM modelling using Comsol, where the effect of various physical phenomena on the deformation of solids are explored.

2:30 p.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, User Presentations, and 1-on-1 Support Sessions
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Participate in this session to discuss the modeling of heat transfer applications using COMSOL Multiphysics®. Ask questions about modeling techniques, appropriate features and settings in the software to model such phenomena, and how best to model your specific applications.

    Speaker: Nicolas Huc

  • User Presentations: Structural Mechanics & Acoustics
  • Support Center Open for 1-on-1 Support
3:30 p.m.
Vote for Best Paper & Best Poster
4:00 p.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, User Presentations, and 1-on-1 Support Sessions
  • 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

  • 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: Stuart Barnes

  • Join this Tech Café to ask questions and participate in discussions surrounding COMSOL's solvers, including stationary, parametric, and time-dependent methods.

    Speaker: Jacob Yström

  • User Presentations: Fluid Flow
  • Support Center Open for 1-on-1 Support
5:00 p.m. CEsT
Closing Remarks and Awards Ceremony

Get ready to connect, learn, and innovate. Join fellow engineers and researchers for two days of learning, talks by industry experts, and presentations featuring multiphysics simulation.


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