Core Functionality

Valerio Marra | February 8, 2013

The differential equations that describe a real application admit an analytical solution only when several simplifying assumptions are made. The insights we gain from this approach are still valuable, but are not enough to confirm that our design is efficient or reduce the number of prototypes needed to reach a complete understanding of our application. This is why numerical solution methods are so important to us. They have been developed to overcome such limitations and allow us to represent our […]

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Valerio Marra | January 14, 2013

We have written several blog posts on postprocessing already, but none detailing postprocessing for CFD. Postprocessing has always been an important part of my teachings, as you learn how to use COMSOL Multiphysics while also gaining insight into the physics at hand. I would like to share with you part of the classwork I proposed when teaching a CFD training course not long ago.

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Bethany Moatts | November 2, 2012

I’m back on the blog with the latest installment in the Postprocessing and Visualization Videos series. The two-part video shown here covers “Basic Visualization”. Chapter 1 and 2 will give you an overview of COMSOL’s visualization tools so that you can optimize how you view your model, both while setting up your physics and while postprocessing. I explain two tricks in the video that I’d like to draw your attention to in particular.

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David Kan | September 28, 2012

Most of us take mathematical modeling for granted. After all, we’re taught physics and calculus almost hand-in-hand. But we owe a lot to the early pioneers like Isaac Newton, who demonstrated and strongly promoted interpreting natural phenomena through equations. Differential equations are especially useful since most things change as time marches on. Since we live in 3D space, partial differential equations (i.e., equations that express change in more than one “direction”) arise as the prominent tool to express continuum level […]

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David Kan | September 12, 2012

At the heart of any simulation software are the solvers. Those are things that take geometry/mesh/physics to the computational results. While it’s convenient to think about solvers in terms of the type of study (think time-dependent, parametric, or eigenvalue), there is a hierarchy of solvers that are usually employed. And at the foundational level of any simulation — and for every iteration — there is a linear solver.

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David Kan | September 11, 2012

Coupled physics phenomena (like electrical heating, fluid structure interaction, and conjugate heat transfer) demand multiphysics, which I’ve written about previously in “What is Multiphysics?”. But what if you just have a simple analysis to do — one that has been simplified to the point where only a “single physics” (to coin a term) is considered? What benefits does multiphysics have for this?

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David Kan | September 4, 2012

If you’re a cynic (like I am sometimes), the term “multiphysics” might irk you. There’s only one set of physical laws, after all. There’s nothing “multi” about it. So what is multiphysics?

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Bethany Moatts | August 28, 2012

Would you like to plot your own expressions in COMSOL? Have you ever wanted the power to measure parameters from your virtual model at whatever point you’d like, just as you would in a physical model? This new postprocessing tutorial video duo explains how to create 1D plots in COMSOL.

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Bethany Moatts | August 7, 2012

As promised, I’m back to introduce to you the second tutorial video in the new postprocessing blog series. This video covers the basics of creating plots, including some useful ways you can tweak and customize your plots. For example, have you ever wanted to improve the resolution of a plot, add or modify titles and axis labels, standardize the color bars over multiple graphs in one plot group, modify a deformation plot’s scaling, or view multiple plots in the COMSOL […]

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Bethany Moatts | July 31, 2012

Are you getting the most out of your simulations? There’s a wealth of options for creating plots and animations and for computing and exporting data in COMSOL, odds are you will find some neat features here. We want to get you off to a good start, so I’ve begun a series of tutorial videos covering a wide variety of topics in postprocessing. This tutorial series is suited for new and experienced users alike. You will get to learn the basics […]

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Valerio Marra | July 11, 2012

I know, I know… I should spend the weekend relaxing. But every place I visit offers me a variety of natural phenomena I wasn’t aware of and, as an engineer and a multiphysics enthusiast, I can’t help but sit in the sun jotting down a list of the physics involved – possible coupling mechanisms, boundary conditions, materials, and so on (we talked about stereotypes attached to engineer on our

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