A popular component of the Conference program is the offering of minicourses. We hold general introductory sessions as well as specialized courses to help you delve deeper into your specific areas of interest. This is an unmatched opportunity to train with COMSOL experts in such a wide variety of topics.

These tend to fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your seat in your preferred courses as soon as possible.

Topics offered

Preliminary listing of minicourses

AC/DC and Magnetic Modeling

This class showcases capabilities in the AC/DC Module for simulation of Maxwell's equations in the static and low frequency regimes. The various study types, and how to use them, will be discussed. Applications in EM heating, coil design, and capacitive sensors will be discussed.

Acoustics and Vibration

Acoustic pressure waves in a fluid are often induced at the interface between a solid and the fluid. This minicourse uses the Acoustics Module to demonstrate mastering structural-acoustics interactions. Important application areas are bioengineering, transducer design, and loud speakers.

Batteries & Fuel Cells

The minicourse will cover the Batteries & Fuel Cells Module in detail. This Module is a specialized tool designed to model all types of battery and fuel cell applications. It features tailored interfaces to study primary, secondary and tertiary current density distributions in electrochemical cells. The cell can contain solid or porous electrodes and dilute or concentrated electrolytes. Additionally, physics effects such as heat transfer, fluid flow and electrochemical reactions can be added through the multiphysics capabilities of COMSOL.


Discover how to simulate fluid flow, mass and heat transfer in COMSOL Multiphysics and the new CFD Module. Topics included: laminar and turbulent flows, convective and conductive heat transfer, mass transport, conjugate heat transfer, multiphase flow.

Chemical Reaction Engineering

This minicourse covers the new Chemical Reaction Engineering Module which is tailor-made to study reacting systems including the effects of material and energy transport. Start with space- independent models and use the Module's tools to investigate kinetics using different chemistries, under the controlled conditions typical for laboratory scale and bench scale. To simulate realistic operating conditions, the Module uses these chemistries and then includes the effects of space variations in composition and temperature.


This minicourse serves as a quick introduction to electroplating and general electrodeposition. You will get an overview of different modeling techniques and the applicability of primary, secondary, and tertiary current distributions as well as detailed electrode kinetics. Two different methods of modeling deposit layer buildup will be covered: distributed accumulation variables and moving mesh.

Equation Based Modeling

Partial differential equations (PDEs) constitute the mathematical foundation to describe the laws of nature. This course introduces you to the techniques of constructing your own linear or nonlinear PDE systems and how to add ordinary differential equations (ODEs) or even integral equations to your model.

Fluid-Structure Interactions

COMSOL Multiphysics can perform truly bidirectional fluid-structure interactions where viscous and pressure forces act on an elastic structure and structural velocity forces act back on the fluid. This tutorial presents the ready-made physics interface for this important multiphysics application.


Explore how the Geomechanics Module can be used for simulation of tunnels, excavations, slope stability, and retaining structures. Attendees will get an overview of the different material models available for soil, rock and concrete as well as how to incorporate man-made structures in geomechanics simulations.

Heat Transfer in Solids and Fluids

Heat transfer enters just about all multiphysics simulations. This minicourse demonstrates heat transfer in solids and fluids including both convection and conduction phenomena. Additional topics covered are simultaneous and communicating heat transfer across solid-fluid boundaries – so called conjugate heat transfer, and how to use the Material Library for representing temperature-dependent material properties.

Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics

You will be lead through the fundamental work flow in COMSOL through the demonstration of a simple multiphysics simulation example. The hands-on tutorial lets you set up your first model using the physics interfaces.

CAD Import and LiveLink™ for CAD: AutoCAD®, Creo™ Parametric, Inventor®, Pro/ENGINEER®, SolidWorks®, SpaceClaim®

Learn how to use the COMSOL LiveLink interfaces for leading CAD software packages, parameterize a CAD model and have it automatically transfer to COMSOL, geometry repair, meshing techniques, defeaturing, and geometry-tolerance adjustments.

LiveLink™ for MATLAB®

The minicourse focuses on how to build and run a multiphysics model from MATLAB. Learn how to save M-files from the COMSOL user interface, driving COMSOL Multiphysics models from MATLAB, and exporting and importing data.

MEMS and Piezoelectric Simulations

The simulation of microelectromechanical systems is bound to be of a multiphysics nature. Especially important is accurate application of electric boundary conditions and forces on mechanical structures. This minicourse demonstrates the use of the MEMS Module to model microelectromechanical as well as piezoelectric devices including actuators, sensors, and resonators.


Dive into the world of microfluidics with the tools provided by COMSOL's Microfluidics Module and Chemical Engineering Module. Learn how the user interface works for electrokinetic flow: electroosmosis, electrophoresis and dielectrophoresis as well as advanced biosensor modeling with thermophoresis. Additional topics include: different methods for simulating two-phase flow systems and reacting flows.

Nonlinear Structural Analysis

This lecture addresses large deformation analysis as well as structural analysis with nonlinear materials. Material models that are elasto-plastic, hyperelastic, and viscoelastic will be covered as well as general tips for nonlinear mechanics modeling.


This minicourse showcases how to use COMSOL Multiphysics and the Optimization Module for parametric and geometric sweeps, single-parameter nonlinear optimization, multivariate nonlinear optimization, nonlinear optimization of distributions of parameters and inverse modeling. The Optimization Module can be applied to any add-on module and applications are numerous.

Particle Tracing

This course covers the usage of COMSOL's particle tracing tools for both CFD and electromagnetics problems. You will be given a tour of the different forces acting on particles, the different mathematical formulations available and also how to include particle-field interactions.

Plasma Physics

Discover how to model different types of plasma reactors using the Plasma Module. A comprehensive overview of the Module will be given as well as hands-on exercises for different types of plasma reactors. The physical and numerical basis will be presented and there will be ample opportunity to discuss the features available in the Plasma Module.

Porous Media Flow

Here we use the Chemical Reaction Engineering Module and the Subsurface Flow Module for linear and nonlinear porous media flow. Topics include: Darcy's law, Brinkman equations, Richards’ equation, the interaction between free channel flow and porous media flow, reacting flows and poroelasticity.

RF & Microwaves

This course covers the usage of the RF Module for simulating Maxwell's equations in the high frequency, wave electromagnetic, regime. Applications in resonant structure design, RF heating, and meta-material modeling will be discussed.


Simpleware Ltd. are hosting this minicourse to demonstrate the ease of obtaining high quality meshes from 3D images for COMSOL Multiphysics. This presentation and live demonstration will show the workflow of processing image data from MRI, CT or Micro-CT to create meshes for biomedical and materials applications. Learn how the robust and automated meshing can convert multiple segmented regions in to analysis-ready models in minutes. Also see the latest segmentation and meshing tools from our recent release.

SpaceClaim® 3D Direct Modeling: Streamlined Model Preparation for COMSOL Analysis

Discover SpaceClaim 3D Direct Modeling, the easiest and fastest tool available to get geometry ready for simulation. Whether de-featuring CAD designs, creating new concepts from scratch, or parameterizing and optimizing existing models, SpaceClaim removes the geometry bottleneck, thus freeing analysts to focus on the physics. This course will show you how to SpaceClaim easily prepares geometry and integrates with COMSOL, giving you the fusion of direct modeling and multiphysics simulation in a tightly integrated environment.

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