COMSOL Blog

Understanding Traffic Congestion via Equation-Based Modeling

Wei Guo | July 30, 2014

We have all experienced the boredom and frustration of being stuck in a traffic jam. Very often, traffic congestion comes and goes for no obvious reason. Employing the analogy to gas dynamics, we can now simulate traffic flow using the equation-based modeling capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics and gain a better understanding of why congestion happens.

Solution Joining for Parametric, Eigenfrequency, and Time-Dependent Problems

Temesgen Kindo | July 28, 2014

In a previous blog entry, we discussed the join feature in COMSOL Multiphysics in the context of stationary problems. Here, we will address parametric, eigenfrequency, frequency domain, and time-dependent problems. Additionally, we will compare and contrast the built-in with and at operators versus solution joining.

How to Join Solutions in COMSOL Multiphysics

Temesgen Kindo | July 1, 2014

In engineering analysis, the need to compare solutions obtained under different circumstances frequently arises. Some possible scenarios include comparing the effect of different load or parameter configurations, and enveloping results to find the worst or best case at each point of the domain. In each of these and other similar cases, you need access to more than one data set. Here’s how to accomplish such tasks using COMSOL Multiphysics.

Computing Total Normal Flux on a Planar Surface

Supratik Datta | June 9, 2014

Today, we will find out how to compute the total normal flux through a cross-section plane, passing through your simulation geometry. This can help us bridge the gap between simulations and experiments where, in the latter, it is often easier to physically measure the total flux. The approach discussed here works for any type of physics problem as long as we can identify the appropriate flux term corresponding to that physics.

Understanding Stabilization Methods

Fabrice Schlegel | May 30, 2014

Most numerical simulation methods (finite elements, finite volumes, and finite differences) require stabilization methods when modeling transport applications driven mainly by convection rather than diffusion. With the Finite Element Method (FEM), stabilization means adding a small amount of artificial diffusion. This leads to more robust and faster computational performance. Here, we provide insight on the impact of stabilization on your numerical model. We also look at an alternative numerical method that is very efficient and does not require any stabilization.

How to Include Geometry Surfaces with Solution Plots

Lexi Carver | May 26, 2014

When you have solved a model, you want to visualize your results in the best way possible. Today, we will explain how to include geometry surfaces with your solution plots, by way of an RF modeling example.

How to Integrate Functions Without Knowing the Limits of the Integral

Walter Frei | April 30, 2014

We all know that COMSOL Multiphysics can take partial derivatives. After all, it solves partial differential equations via the finite element method. Did you know that you can also solve integrals? That alone shouldn’t be very surprising, since solving finite element problems requires that you integrate functions. The COMSOL software architecture allows you to do a bit more than just evaluate an integral; you can also solve problems where you don’t know the limits of the integral! Here’s how.

The Strength of the Weak Form

Bettina Schieche | April 29, 2014

If you use finite element simulation software, such as COMSOL Multiphysics, you will come across the expression “weak form” at some point. When you do, you may wonder what this expression means. Weak form is actually a very powerful concept. Here, you will learn about its basic ideas and corresponding benefits.

Geometric Kernels in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Lorant Olasz | April 16, 2014

The geometric kernel is the software component responsible for handling geometry in COMSOL Multiphysics®. You may be wondering what this means or how and why you would use it when modeling. Let’s find out.

Building a Beowulf Cluster for Faster Multiphysics Simulations

Pär Persson Mattsson | April 11, 2014

Many of us need up-to-date software and hardware in order to work efficiently. Therefore, we need to follow the pace of technological development. But, what should we do with the outdated hardware? It feels wasteful to send the old hardware to its grave or to just put it in a corner. Another, more productive, solution is to use the old hardware to build a Beowulf cluster and use it to speed up computations.