Apr 20, 2017 Austin, Texas8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day Austin for a day of multiphysics modeling training, talks by invited speakers, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other simulation specialists in the COMSOL community.

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This introductory demonstration will show you the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling environment. We will cover all of the key modeling steps, including geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing.

Coffee Break
Invited Speakers

Etching of Silicon Nitride in 3D NAND Structures

As semiconductor devices continue to shrink in size, this continues to make new engineering challenges for companies operating in the industry. One important step in the manufacturing of memory devices is using phosphoric acid to etch silicon nitride (SiN) while not touching the surrounding silicon dioxide (SiO2). Derek will show his work in modeling and simulations that were used to better understand what process parameters are most important in controlling and improving this critical step.

Modeling and Design of Acoustic Metamaterials

What are acoustic metamaterials (AMMs) and why have they gained the attention of the scientific community in recent years? The original defining property of a metamaterial is that it achieves effects not found in nature as a means to address long-standing engineering challenges in acoustics. For example, can one create ultrathin acoustic barriers or absorbers whose performance surpasses currently existing technology? Is it possible to eliminate scattering from an acoustic sensor and minimize the influence the device has on the field being measured? Can spatially compact acoustical lenses be created whose resolution surpasses the diffraction limit? These are but a few examples of the problems AMM research strives to address. AMM research was originally motivated by parallel developments in electromagnetics, such as negative refraction and cloaking. Initial studies of these topics quickly uncovered that naturally occurring and existing man-made materials (composites) were not capable of providing the properties needed to create these devices. A straightforward reaction to this problem is to simply create new materials. Although not simple, the creation of new materials has been and continues to be the fundamental driving force for the study of AMMs. The challenge in developing new materials has been significantly aided by steady improvements in technology, primarily computer simulation and additive manufacturing. Those technologies combined with ingenious ideas from the acoustical research community have helped drive rapid advances in AMMs over the last decade, some of which will be addressed in this talk.

Coffee Break

Learn how to convert a model into a custom app using the Application Builder, which is included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. You can upload your apps to a COMSOL Server™ installation to access and run the apps from anywhere within your organization.

Break for Lunch

Get an introduction to the techniques for constructing your own linear or nonlinear systems of partial differential equations (PDEs), ordinary differential equations (ODEs), and algebraic equations within the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

Explore the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® for electromagnetics in the static and low-frequency regime with a focus on the AC/DC Module.

Coffee Break

Learn to use gradient-based optimization techniques and constraint equations to define and solve problems in shape, parameter, and topology optimization, as well as inverse modeling. The techniques shown are applicable for almost all types of models.

Get a brief overview of using the Subsurface Flow Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

Coffee Break

Explore the meshing techniques that are available in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and learn about different solver and study types.

Get a brief overview of using the Acoustics Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

COMSOL Day Details


Palmer Events Center
Second Floor, Meeting Room 1 and 2 900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

COMSOL Speakers

David Kan
David Kan is COMSOL's vice president of sales for the southwestern region of the US. He set up the Los Angeles branch office of COMSOL in 2001 and received a PhD in applied mathematics from UCLA in 1999.
Leo Hwang
Leo Hwang has been working as an applications and technical sales engineer in COMSOL's Los Angeles office since 2005. He received his MSc in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Ping Chu
Ping Chu is an applications engineer specializing in electromagnetics and optics. Prior to joining COMSOL in 2012, Ping received her PhD in condensed matter physics from the University of California, Irvine, investigating the plasmonic and ferromagnetic properties of metallic nanostructures.
Andy Cai
Andy Cai joined COMSOL's Los Angeles office in 2015. Previously, he received his PhD in geophysics from Yale in 2014 and spent a year at the University of Maryland, College Park for postdoctoral work.

Invited Speakers

Michael Haberman
University of Texas at Austin Dr. Michael Haberman is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, with a joint appointment at their Applied Research Laboratories. He holds MSc and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a PhD degree in engineering mechanics from the University of Lorraine in Metz, France. Dr. Haberman has worked extensively on the modeling and characterization of composite materials as well as the multiobjective design of acoustical materials. Currently, his focus is on the analysis, design, and testing of composite materials, metamaterials, and structures to absorb acoustical and vibrational energy using negative stiffness. He is also conducting research on passive and active materials that enable nonreciprocal wave phenomena in elastic and acoustic media.
Derek Bassett
Tokyo Electron Derek Bassett graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in chemical engineering in 2004 and earned his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Texas in 2010. Since then, he has worked at Tokyo Electron in the Advanced Technology Group. His work involves modeling, designing experiments, and performing simulations in order to improve and optimize semiconductor production tools. Mostly, he focuses on the spraying, coating, etching, and drying of wafers and using fluid dynamics to better understand and optimize those processes.

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