Interfacing

Andrew Griesmer | December 4, 2012

Here’s a story we’ve all heard before: due to the inefficient nature and inevitable decline of fossil fuels, alternative energy resources are becoming increasingly popular. Wind energy is a popular source of alternative energy, with wind farms sprouting up all over the world. Here’s something you may not have thought about: lightning strikes are a major problem for these wind turbines. Intuitively, places with high wind speeds also have stormy weather, and a 150 meter tall metal pole makes an […]

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Andrew Griesmer | November 22, 2012

With the latest COMSOL release, Version 4.3a, comes new CAD interoperability. We are delighted to introduce LiveLink™ for Solid Edge® seamless associativity between Siemens’ CAD experience and COMSOL’s multiphysics simulation software. A LiveLink™ for Solid Edge® video tutorial demonstrates this integration, and gives you a leg up in your design modeling. In this video, the three main features to help you design, optimize, and troubleshoot your geometries are demonstrated.

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Andrew Griesmer | November 13, 2012

Since 2010, COMSOL and PTC® have joined forces to create integration between simulation and CAD design processes. Culminating in LiveLink™ for Pro/ENGINEER®, COMSOL provides seamless associativity between PTC’s 24 years of CAD experience and COMSOL’s unparalleled multiphysics simulation software. A new LiveLink™ for Pro/ENGINEER® video tutorial exemplifies this integration, and gives you a head-start in your design modeling. The video demonstrates the three main features to help you design, optimize, and troubleshoot.

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Fanny Littmarck | November 12, 2012

December of 1903 marked the commencement of the Age of Powered Flight, and the Wright brothers went down in history. This was a time before personal computers and simulation software existed. Determining the optimal design of their airplane had to be done using physical prototypes and real-life experiments. What had the design looked like if the Wright brothers had been able to use computers and modeling software? Three researchers from Pennsylvania State University sought to find out how the design […]

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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 3, 2012

Recently, Fanny blogged about spreadsheets and how they are used in engineering. She mentioned that they are great for collating material properties and other experimental results, and for then using these in COMSOL models. The simulation results from these models can in turn be compared to the original data, and help calibrate material properties and optimize the design. With the release of COMSOL Multiphysics 4.3a, COMSOL has now made it much easier to perform these tasks and extend your modeling […]

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Fanny Littmarck | September 19, 2012

We’ve noticed that a lot of our customers use spreadsheets, such as Excel®, as part of the modeling process. They use them for storing material property and other data, such as from experiments or other information about workflow associated with their engineering project, and then import this data into COMSOL Multiphysics®. Spreadsheets are also the forum for taking in results from COMSOL software and using this to compare, optimize and verify these material properties. Let’s delve deeper into how spreadsheets […]

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Phil Kinnane | September 18, 2012

In short, electronic computer-aided design (ECAD) is typically used to design and develop electronic systems. Although it’s a mere letter away from spelling out “CAD”, there’s actually more to the story than appending the word “electronic” to “CAD”. So what is ECAD and why is it used in Finite Element Analysis (FEA)?

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Fanny Littmarck | June 27, 2012

Earlier this month COMSOL sponsored the 3-day PlanetPTC event in Orlando, Florida. This was our first time as silver sponsors at PlanetPTC, and my colleagues came back in good spirits. Not long ago, Creo™ 2.0 was introduced, and PlanetPTC provided a great opportunity to get filled in on the latest news PTC has to offer in Creo™ as well as other products. A number of the presentations focused on news and improvements in Creo™ 2.0 (naturally), and some showcased “best […]

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Phil Kinnane | March 15, 2012

Getting the most out of your multiphysics simulation sometimes calls for the interfacing of other tools. In those cases there are the LiveLinks™. With these add-on packages, you can connect COMSOL Multiphysics with one of several different interface products for the ultimate multiphysics modeling experience.

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Phil Kinnane | July 12, 2011

The LiveLink™ for SpaceClaim® interface allows you to transfer a 3D geometry CAD model from SpaceClaim® to COMSOL Multiphysics. Updates to the model will synchronize seemlessly between SpaceClaim® and COMSOL Multiphysics. This brings you the fusion of direct modeling with multiphysics simulation in a tightly integrated environment, enabling optimal designs and collaboration across CAD and CAE teams. Learn more about COMSOL LiveLink™ for SpaceClaim®.

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