All posts by Phil Kinnane

Phil Kinnane | June 4, 2012

One of the interesting stories from this year’s COMSOL News is the article concerning Johnson Screens®. They manufacture steel screens to block debris in water for pipes and valves. Their challenge is to design water intake screens with openings large enough for an unimpeded flow of water, but small enough to block enough debris depending on a specific application. This means that each screen must be custom-designed taking into account the characteristics of the debris and the depth at which […]

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Phil Kinnane | May 31, 2012

You may already be familiar with large regenerative heat exchanger (RHX) systems, but what about much smaller micro-channel systems? That’s just the type of invention the research teams at Intellectual Ventures (IV) are working on.

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Phil Kinnane | May 30, 2012

COMSOL News is now available in print and electronically, and you can request your copy of the multiphysics simulation magazine here. One of the great stories concerns a process engineer at Ruukki Metals in Finland, Mika Judin, who not only uses COMSOL to model and optimize his process, but lets the operators use the simulation too.

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Phil Kinnane | May 24, 2012

Over the past couple of months I have mentioned several user stories that were to be featured in the upcoming edition of COMSOL News. Our multiphysics simulation magazine just came off the press and I’m happy to announce that it’s first made available here.

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Phil Kinnane | May 21, 2012

I was just reading one of my favorite sites, phys.org, about the difficulties of working with nanostructures. In the world of batteries, you want to maximize charge, while minimizing volume and weight. This means that the nano-world is starting to take hold, but, as has been discovered with many other applications where nanotechnology is being applied, it is very difficult to control the material properties in this world.

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Phil Kinnane | May 18, 2012

Yesterday was a big day as we officially released the new version of COMSOL Multiphysics, version 4.3. This will be shipped towards the end of May, and customers should be receiving it in the beginning of June. It’s an exciting release as it involves three new products as well as a large number of improvements to the core software and most of the modules.

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Phil Kinnane | May 16, 2012

I am an avid reader of The Economist and always enjoy their coverage of technical and scientific subjects. In their issue from late April, they ran a special insert on Manufacturing and Innovation, which was a great read. One of their articles was a report on 3D printing and how this is actually becoming an integral part of manufacturing in that the actual printing is mass producing parts and components.

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Phil Kinnane | May 11, 2012

A really exciting project has just been finished here at COMSOL, which was great to be a part of. The next issue of IEEE Spectrum will feature a special insert titled: Multiphysics Simulation. Sponsored by COMSOL, this is a special section that contains nine articles about simulation — a must read for all subscribers to IEEE Spectrum as well as others interested in modeling.

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Phil Kinnane | May 7, 2012

It’s an exciting time here as we’re starting to release a series of resources for COMSOL users and people interested in modeling and optimizing multiphysics and other engineering applications. This will be done as a set of CDs that will contain animated videos summarizing the features in COMSOL’s suite of products, and videos showing model examples being built. Also included on this CD will be white papers, conference articles, and reports of real-life situations where modeling has been applied.

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Phil Kinnane | May 4, 2012

This week we ran a series of three one-day courses. The first two days centered on modeling batteries and fuel cells, as well as electrodeposition applications. Today, the course looked at simulating corrosion. This was a great opportunity for a number of our customers and other interested people to try out the new Corrosion Module.

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Phil Kinnane | May 2, 2012

This Friday, a training course in modeling corrosion is being run at the COMSOL Burlington office. Participants will be introduced to the new Corrosion Module and will be led through a number of different exercises.

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