Phil Kinnane | March 29, 2012

Continuum Blue is one of our closest partners and brightest users. As consultants, they make their living by modeling and testing applications for their customers, and they have been growing quite fast lately. COMSOL Multiphysics is a vital tool in their consultancy work, as they take on real-world applications that can only be described with multiphysics.

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Phil Kinnane | March 28, 2012

After I wrote about a group from EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland in a previous blog post, “Modeling Lightning Strikes is a Multiphysics Problem”, I checked to see if anyone from this group has presented at our conferences. It was great to find that Dr. Abdolhamid Shoory in fact has done so, with a paper titled: “Using COMSOL to Solve for Currents along a Thin-Wire Antenna Excited by a Lumped Source”.

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Phil Kinnane | March 27, 2012

As an avid reader of the physorg.com blog, I was pleasantly surprised to see a figure show up that could only have been made with COMSOL Multiphysics. Reading the article on thermal cloaking, I understood why.

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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 23, 2012

There is a site that is dedicated to “The Physics of Lightning Flash and Its Effects” whose goals are to “increase the knowledge of the physics of the lightning discharge and of its effects on natural and man-made systems”. It was here that I was pleasantly surprised to find a presentation by a group from EPFL, in Lausanne, Switzerland, and The University of Bologna in Italy.

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Phil Kinnane | March 22, 2012

When it rains, it pours. Someone reading the previous blog posts I have been writing about wind turbines, sent me the following link to an article written in the Journal of Windpower Engineering & Development. This is a great piece that discusses the topic of lightning strikes and how their decommissioning of turbine blades affects whole wind farms. The author, Melanie Scott, presents a software that analyzes the prevalence of probable lightning strikes to wind farms based on both historical […]

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Fanny Littmarck | March 21, 2012

On April 3rd at 11am MEZ (5am EDT) we are holding a live webinar on “Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) Simulations”. The webinar will be conducted in German by Thorsten Koch with COMSOL Multiphysics GmbH.

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Phil Kinnane | March 20, 2012

A great resource has just been produced for those interested in Lithium-ion battery technology. A white paper that describes how these can be modeled is available to download here.

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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 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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