All posts by Phil Kinnane

Phil Kinnane | February 19, 2013

In April last year, we entered into a partnership with Siemens PLM Software and started developing the functionality that would connect COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations to Solid Edge® CAD modeling. Siemens gave us access to their tool, and we were quick in developing LiveLink™ for Solid Edge® as part of the version 4.3a release. This project led to boosting our cooperation with Simens PLM Software, as we had already implemented Parasolid® to be an integral part of the CAD Import Module […]

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Phil Kinnane | February 6, 2013

In its natural state, air is a good insulator. However, if it’s adequately ionized, it can ultimately lead to “corona discharge”. What does that mean and why is it important? Let’s find out.

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Phil Kinnane | January 25, 2013

SolidWorks always puts on a great show. I just got back from SolidWorks World where I was able to go to a number of technical sessions, and understand how CAD design can better complement finite-element analysis. We had a booth there, and it was great to meet a few COMSOL users, who like to use SolidWorks® and COMSOL Multiphysics together via LiveLink™ for SolidWorks®. I also got to meet potential customers-to-be. In typical SolidWorks World fashion, I and the other […]

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Phil Kinnane | November 28, 2012

One of the differences between this year’s COMSOL Conference, and previous years’, is that this year we filmed a lot of it. During the next few weeks we will be publishing some of these videos for those that were there, to enjoy it once again, and for those that weren’t to get a taste of what went on. To kick these all off, I’m proud to present the first keynote video, which takes us to Babel.

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Phil Kinnane | November 27, 2012

Many of the engineers and scientists that we collaborate with have been in the game for years. All of them are great experts in the applications that they want to model, and many of them are also proficient at computer science — it was not unusual that the first model or simulation of their application was a few lines of code they wrote themselves. Moreover, in a number of situations I’ve come across their application has been so specific that […]

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Phil Kinnane | November 19, 2012

It was a pleasure meeting one of COMSOL’s Certified Consultants at the Milan Conference last month. Similarly to a number of consultants, and as evident from their name, BE CAE & Test offers both the ability to simulate processes and designs as well as test them. From the island of Sicily, Giuseppe Petrone and Marco Scionti have been working with COMSOL for almost three years now, and have performed a number of projects for customers based on COMSOL Multiphysics. From […]

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Phil Kinnane | October 25, 2012

AMD has a new architecture for their graphics cards called Graphics Core Next (GCN). Perfect for compute-intensive applications, the new W-series are optimized and guarantee ultimate performance for visualizing and working with geometries and complex models. COMSOL is proud to announce that we now support the new W5000 and W7000 AMD FirePro™ Graphics Cards. This continues the partnership we have with AMD that I highlighted in a previous blog post about AMD FirePro graphics cards.

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Phil Kinnane | October 18, 2012

As much as we would like to think that finite element analysis (FEA) is the be-all and end-all of simulations, it’s not true. There is also a camp of engineers out there that model integrated circuits and similar systems. These are based on different physics and equations than what FEA typically solves for. Yet, as is happening more and more in the world of virtual prototyping, the two types of simulations are converging. Now they need to integrate with each […]

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Phil Kinnane | October 15, 2012

The “Gonzaga Room” at the COMSOL Conference in Milan was a pleasant setting for an interesting presentation. There, I saw Dejan Grabovickic present his paper titled: “Analysis of Super Imaging Properties of Spherical Geodesic Waveguide Using COMSOL Multiphysics”. His waveguide consisted of two copper spheres about the size of a soccer ball, one inside the other and separated by a very thin gap. I’m happy I attended this particular presentation, as it would later receive one of the Milan Conference […]

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Phil Kinnane | October 12, 2012

On October 10th, the COMSOL Conference transitioned over from the United States to Europe, and I followed along. The big news from our conference in Milan is that over 350 people turned out for the first day alone, and around 100 more over the following days. Something else that struck me was that the facilities for the European COMSOL Conference were quite spectacular. The hotel in Milan was of an antique style, with large paintings that deck the walls of […]

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Phil Kinnane | October 9, 2012

While the highlights from the first day of our conference in Boston were about the release of 4.3a, and the second day was arranged around three fantastic guest keynote speakers, the final conference day offered a view into the future — Physics Builder.

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