Alexandra Foley | August 28, 2014

How does thermal contact resistance affect heat transfer? As the sizes of electronic devices continue to decrease, effective heat management becomes even more important. Today, electronic packaging has transitioned from its original purpose of providing mechanical protection and interconnection to also serving as a means of heat dissipation to the outside environment. Using a model from the Model Gallery, we explore the role of thermal contact resistance on heat management in a simple electronic package and heat sink assembly.

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Alexandra Foley | August 25, 2014

Hematology analysis is an important step in medical diagnoses, often determining the treatment that a patient will receive. With a patient’s life on the line, it is vital that these analyses are accurate to the highest degree possible. Researchers at HORIBA Medical, a worldwide supplier of medical diagnostic equipment, turned to simulation to develop new methods for optimizing the accuracy of their hematology analysis devices. The resulting technique is currently used in some of their best-selling equipment.

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Alexandra Foley | August 15, 2014

The chemical industry is considerably important to economies around the world, playing a critical role in processes ranging from the production of clean drinking water to the manufacture of pharmaceutical products. Chemical engineers are faced with the challenge of ensuring profitability in a rapidly growing and evolving market. Packed bed reactors are one of the most common reactors used in the chemical industry due to their high conversion rate per catalyst weight compared to other catalytic reactors.

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Alexandra Foley | August 11, 2014

Interested in using COMSOL Multiphysics to simulate electrical applications? The new Electrical showcase is a resource for those of you who want to learn about the COMSOL software’s capabilities for modeling a variety of electrical systems, components, and devices. The showcase provides you with valuable content such as how-to videos, user case studies, white papers, and example models specific to your area of expertise.

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Alexandra Foley | August 1, 2014

Engineers designing space-bound satellites and solar arrays face a rather ironic challenge — lack of space. In order to overcome this problem, aerospace engineers are turning to an interesting source for inspiration: origami, the ancient art of Japanese paper folding.

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Alexandra Foley | July 31, 2014

The Swiss steel company SMS Concast has been leveraging multiphysics simulation to optimize the steelmaking process of continuous casting. Through research conducted using COMSOL Multiphysics, the R&D team at SMS Concast was able to implement a new technique that allowed a steelmaking plant in Taiwan to reduce yearly CO2 emissions by about 40,000 tons.

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Alexandra Foley | July 25, 2014

In the 2012 edition of Multiphysics Simulation, we featured an article about modeling spinal cord stimulation to determine the effect that scar tissue can have on electrical current distribution during the treatment of chronic pain. Recently, the full-length paper by Beth Israel Deaconess researchers Jeffrey Arle, Kris Carlson, Longzhi Mei, and Jay Shils was published in the journal Neuromodulation.

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Alexandra Foley | July 11, 2014

There are many factors that go into designing the ideal oven — supreme cooking capability is a must, but energy efficiency and the use of materials with reduced environmental impact is also important. How can all of these different factors be combined to create an oven that is optimized for the best performance? Engineers working at Whirlpool Corporation along with the European green energy initiative, GREENKITCHEN project, found that multiphysics simulation was vital to the success of their design process.

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Alexandra Foley | July 9, 2014

There are two types of anechoic chambers — acoustic and radio frequency (RF). Here, we explore how periodic structures can be used to help quickly model an RF anechoic chamber by reducing the complexity and computation time of the model.

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Alexandra Foley | July 8, 2014

We’re excited to announce that COMSOL News 2014 is now available, which features stories about the cutting-edge research of engineers and scientists working in a variety of application areas around the globe. This year’s edition of the magazine provides insight into how multiphysics simulation can empower product development and help companies to stay ahead of — and create — new market trends. How is this achieved? Check out the magazine to learn more about innovative simulation techniques.

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Alexandra Foley | July 3, 2014

Under an initiative by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), nuclear research reactors currently using highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel must be converted to low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel with a goal to help prevent the spread of material that can be used to create nuclear weapons. Nuclear engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have turned to multiphysics simulation in order to precisely and accurately explore new designs for the safe conversion of the ORNL High Flux Isotope Reactor.

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