# COMSOL Blog

## 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.

### Parameter Optimization with the LiveLinkā¢ Products

##### Andrew Griesmer | May 29, 2014

The most streamlined way to find solutions for your design parameters is to use parameter optimization with the LiveLinkā¢ products. This is helpful when you know what results you want, but you don’t know the optimal parameter values that lead to them.

### Heat Transfer in Deformed Solids

##### Peng-Chhay Ung | May 28, 2014

In a previous blog post, we presented the applications of conjugate heat transfer involving immobile solids. The case of immobile solids simplifies the heat equation to be solved and is often a good approximation to the temperature field. Today, we will complete the description of the physics that account for thermoelastic effects of the material when heat transfer and solid mechanics are coupled.

### Hyperthermic Oncology: Hyperthermia for Cancer Treatment

##### Alexandra Foley | May 27, 2014

High temperatures can be used to destroy tumor cells, a cancer treatment known as hyperthermic oncology. Although the idea behind this treatment method has been around for some time, it wasn’t until recently that new tools and more precise delivery of heat has allowed hyperthermia to be used for cancer treatment. As hyperthermic oncology studies continue, simulation has proven a valuable tool for achieving a deeper understanding of how to deliver heat to tumors while limiting damage to healthy tissue.

### 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.

### Geothermal Energy: Using the Earth to Heat and Cool Buildings

##### Phillip Oberdorfer | May 23, 2014

The use of geothermal heat for building climatization is a cost-effective and sustainable method. In part three of our Geothermal Energy series, we will have a closer look at shallow tubing heat collectors. An accurate prediction of their thermal performance, considering both the piping layout and local thermal properties, turns out to be an appropriate job for the Pipe Flow Module.

### Intro to Corrosion Modeling for the Oil and Gas Industry

##### Fanny Littmarck | May 22, 2014

If you work in the oil and gas industry dealing with offshore drilling, corrosion is your worst enemy. A corroded oil platform is a dangerous platform and it can cost you a lot — in both lives and money. To avoid such a dark fate, you need to safeguard the steel structure from corrosion via a protection system, such as the cathodic protection process shown here.

### Investigating Eddy Current Braking

##### Mark Fowler | May 21, 2014

Have you ever wondered how a roller coaster or a train is brought to a stop? A braking effect produced by eddy currents is most likely the cause. Today, we’re going to discuss eddy current braking as well as investigate this phenomenon through an example model.

### Quick Intro to Modeling RF and Microwave Heating

##### Fanny Littmarck | May 20, 2014

We like to feature a certain waveguide model in our RF and microwave heating webinars because it illustrates the concept in a way that is easy to understand. Here it is again, serving as a quick intro to modeling RF and microwave heating.

### Simulating the Focusing Effect of Magnetic Quadrupoles

##### Mark Fowler | May 19, 2014

If you walked into a particle or nuclear physics center, like the world-renowned CERN, you may come across a magnetic quadrupole lens (after security clearance, I would imagine). Here, we’re going to discuss what magnetic quadrupole lenses are and study the focusing effect three consecutive quadrupole assemblies have on B5+ ions traveling through such a lens.

### Powerful Packaging for Electronics in Extreme Environments

##### Lexi Carver | May 16, 2014

The power electronics industry is responsible for products used by billions of people: smartphones, televisions, certain car parts, and even components in motors and household objects. With such a diverse array of applications, many design requirements are considered during the making of these products, including power and energy density, cost, and customer safety. Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI), a USA-based company, is refining designs for power packaging to control thermal management in power electronics devices, increase efficiency, and lower cost.