User Perspectives

Phil Kinnane | March 26, 2012

A second user story for the next COMSOL News is also reaching completion with exciting results (read about the first one here). This is an interesting case as it wasn’t really a group of people traditionally associated with finite element that managed to perform some pretty sophisticated modeling. In fact two of them are medical doctors while the final one has his background in physics.

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Phil Kinnane | March 19, 2012

While you may think that the prevalence of lightning strikes, would be a reason for not wanting wind turbines in your backyard, noise is apparently another reason. While this has become less of a problem in recent years, the noise is still there, and is always there whenever the wind blows.

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Phil Kinnane | March 16, 2012

Following up on my previous blog post about protecting wind turbines from lightning strikes, I got to thinking about other modeling aspects of wind turbines. Structural mechanics is of course important, and we have a couple of models that center on this.

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Phil Kinnane | March 14, 2012

These last couple of months I’ve been working together with some of our users to get the next COMSOL News together. I’ve just finished working with a great application and I thought I’d give you a sneak preview of it.

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Phil Kinnane | February 23, 2012

As part of COMSOL’s commitment to the Multiphysics Modeling community, we offer a forum where COMSOL models and other material can be shared; the Model Exchange. I was just looking through the Model Exchange when I noticed a user from way back had posted their model of a horn antenna.

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Phil Kinnane | January 30, 2012

I’m currently working with images for some marketing material for our Conference. Soon we’ll be sending out the Call for Papers for the 2012 COMSOL Conferences, which will have an image of a solar thermal collector incorporated into it.

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Phil Kinnane | November 14, 2011

Mona Richter from the Agricultural Centre at BASF, Limburgerhof, was a worthy winner of one of the Best Paper Winners at the Stuttgart COMSOL Conference. Treating soil as a bioreactor, she, together with Sylvia Moenickes, Otto Richter, and Tom Schröder, looked at reaction-diffusion processes and biofilms.

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Phil Kinnane | November 8, 2011

Using COMSOL Multiphysics for educational purposes is well described by the second winner of the Best Poster Award. This went to William Clark, from the Chemical Engineering Department at Worcester Polytech, MA.

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Phil Kinnane | October 28, 2011

COMSOL is an integral part of Oak Ridge’s modeling The second winner of the Best Paper Award went to David Chandler from the University of Tennessee who, together with colleagues from Oak Ridge National Lab, looked at COMSOL-Based Nuclear Reactor Kinetics Studies. David actually had quite a trip just to get to the conference. He had to leave Knoxville quite late, and then problems in Washington meant a forced stay-over. Then, when getting to Boston, he had to hunt around […]

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Phil Kinnane | October 20, 2011

Modeling what happens under a microscope A group from Mississippi State University and Oak Ridge National Lab investigated the growth of dendrites using two different models. M. A. Zaeem, H. Yin, and S. D. Felicelli compared both a Cellular Automaton Model and a Phase-Field Model, together with a Finite-Element Model, to model dendritic growth in an aluminum and magnesium alloy. This won them one of the Best Poster awards, as judged by two of the members of the Program Committee.

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Phil Kinnane | October 19, 2011

Heat Transfer also plays a part in lab on chip The Program Committee actually has quite a bit of work to do in a COMSOL Conference. Not only are they required to review papers that touch on their area of expertise, but for most of them who attend, they are also Session Chairs. As our experts, it is their duty to judge the best papers.

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