Minicourses & Tutorials

When you leave the conference, you are ready to solve problems that you didn't know you could solve.
- Robert Spilker, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA

Our most popular event at the COMSOL Conference is the offering of hands-on Minicourses & Tutorials. We hold general introductory sessions as well as specialized Minicourses & Tutorials to help you delve deeper into your specific areas of interest. This is an unmatched opportunity to train with COMSOL experts in a wide variety of applications.

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

Topics offered

Preliminary listing of minicourses & tutorials

AC/DC and Magnetic Modeling

Explore the many 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 electromagnetic heating, coil design, and capacitive sensors will be discussed.

Acoustics & Vibrations

Acoustic pressure waves in fluids such as air or water interact with surrounding structures and result in vibrations in solids and absorption in porous materials. Furthermore, in narrow structures, thermal and viscous loss in the fluid becomes significant, and need to be included. This minicourse uses the Acoustics Module to demonstrate modeling of these waves and their effects. Application areas are muffler design, mobile devices, transducer design, loudspeakers, sound insulation materials, acoustic scattering and radiation phenomena.

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.

CFD

COMSOL Multiphysics can analyze many regimes of fluid flow, from free molecular flow to large scale turbulence, from laminar microfluidic devices to high Mach number flow. Both single phase Newtonian and non-Newtonian flow can be modeled, as well as various kinds of multiphase and free surface flow. This minicourse will introduce the range of CFD capabilities, and how to use them, especially how to couple fluid flow field with other physical phenomena.

Chemical Reaction Engineering

This minicourse covers the Chemical Reaction Engineering Module for studying reacting systems including the effects of species and energy transport. Starting with space-independent models, we investigate kinetics using different chemistries, under the controlled conditions typical for laboratory scale and bench scale. Then, to simulate realistic operating conditions, we include the spatial variations in temperature due to convection, conduction and radiation, and in species composition due to convection, diffusion and electromigration. Mixture models, surface reaction and porous media transport will also be discussed.

COMSOL Builder Tools

Discover the suite of tools COMSOL offers for designing your own physics interfaces. You will be shown how to construct your own physics interface, which can be utilized and deployed in the same way as the interfaces which are included with COMSOL Multiphysics.

Corrosion

Corrosion is a complex electrochemical process that changes the geometry, strength, reactivity, and other properties of the materials involved. Learn the functionality of the Corrosion Module for computing current density distribution during the galvanic corrosion and corrosion protection processes. The effects of part shapes, ohmic, activation, and mass transport resistance are considered.

Equation Based Modeling

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

Fluid and Thermal Analysis Prep with SpaceClaim®

This minicourse focuses on the powerful tools inside of SpaceClaim® which allow users to easily prepare CAD models for analysis. We will focus on partitioning imported models to simplify for meshing, creating outer air enclosures around bodies, and creating inner fluid domains. SpaceClaim® is an analysis preprocessor which will help you take full advantage of your investment in COMSOL Multiphysics.

Heat Transfer in Solids and Fluids

Heat transfer enters just about all multiphysics simulations. This minicourse will explore all three forms of heat transfer: conduction, convection and thermal radiation. We will explore both forced and natural convection and the predefined fluid-thermal couplings. Additional topics are temperature dependent material properties and using library correlations for heat transfer coefficients.

Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics

This introductory demonstration will show you the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL Multiphysics modeling environment. All of the key modeling steps, geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing will be addressed. This general introduction is a good way to get up to speed before the specialized minicourses.

LiveLink™ for MATLAB®

This minicourse focuses on how to interface MATLAB® and COMSOL Multiphysics. Learn how to use MATLAB® as scripting interface to implement and solve your COMSOL model, exporting or importing the data at the MATLAB® prompt, and defining model properties such as boundary conditions or material definitions within an m-function.

CAD and ECAD, LiveLink™ and Import

Attendees will get an introduction to using the COMSOL LiveLink™ and CAD import functionality. A geometry created in a 3D CAD software may not automatically be suitable for simulations since it can have small features and mismatches which are not needed for the analysis, and can complicate the meshing. COMSOL's defeaturing tools help you find and remove these, resulting in a geometry model that is easier to work with. Various techniques will be explained and demonstrated.

MEMS

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.

Meshing

Correctly and efficiently using your CAD geometry for finite element meshing can be more of an art than a science. This minicourse will walk through techniques for cleaning up your CAD geometry in preparation for meshing, how to use virtual operations to remove unnecessary details, and efficient modeling and meshing strategies.

Nonlinear Materials in Structural Mechanics

Explore how to model materials with a nonlinear stress-strain relationship for mechanical and geotechnical purposes. Formulations for elasto-plasticity, hyperelasticity, creep, and viscoplasticity will be introduced. Application areas include the modeling of soil, rock, concrete, metal forming, rubber, biological tissue, and solders.

Optimization

The COMSOL Optimization Module will take you beyond traditional engineering analysis and into the design process. In this minicourse you will learn to use gradient based optimization techniques, as well as constraint equations, to define and solve problems in shape, parameter, and topology optimization, as well as inverse modeling. The techniques shown in this minicourse are applicable for almost all types of models.

Particle Tracing

Learn how to use 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-particle interactions.

Pipe Flow

Get introduced you to the new Pipe Flow Module, which is used to quickly solve for fluid flow, pressure, heat and mass transfer in pipes. The pipe flow models can be bidirectionally coupled with arbitrary 2D and 3D multiphysics models. Built-in friction charts together with surface roughness and pipe cross section specifications readily provides capabilities for both laminar and turbulent flow in pipes. You will be guided through a variety of hands-on examples.

Porous Media Flow

Porous media surrounds us, be it the ground beneath us, paper products, filters, even biological tissue. This minicourse explores flow and diffusion in porous media as well as how to treat partially saturated media. We will explore coupled systems such linking free and porous flows, poroelasticity, and mass convection-diffusion in forced, gravity fed and density-driven flows. Finally we will explore when to use solute transport vs. the more familiar dilute diffusion.

Postprocessing

When presenting your findings, the quality of your postprocessing will determine the impact of your presentation. This minicourse will thoroughly explore the many tools in the results node to make your data looks its best. These will include mirroring, revolving symmetric data, cut planes, cut lines, exporting data, joining or comparing multiple data sets as well as animations. You look best when your data looks best!

RF & Microwaves

This minicourse covers the usage of the RF Module for simulating Maxwell's equations in the high frequency, wave electromagnetic, regime. Applications in resonant cavity analysis, antenna modeling, transmission lines and waveguides, periodic structures, and optical scattering will be discussed.

Simpleware - from 3D Image to Mesh

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 volume image data (e.g. from MRI, CT, Micro-CT and microscopy) to create meshes for biomedical and materials applications. Learn how the robust and automated meshing can convert multiple segmented regions into analysis-ready models in minutes. Also see the latest image visualisation, segmentation and meshing tools from recent releases.

Solvers

COMSOL Multiphysics gives precise control over the way in which your multiphysics models are solved. This minicourse covers the fundamental numerical techniques and underlying algorithms used, and explains the reasons behind the default solver settings. Building upon this knowledge, attendees will learn various techniques for achieving or accelerating convergence of nonlinear multiphysics models.

Structural Mechanics Modeling

See how to model different types of problems within structural mechanics. Solid, shell, beam, and truss formulations will be covered, as well as rigid connectors, joints, and spring foundations. Geometric nonlinearity, buckling and contact analysis will also be addressed.

High-voltage generator in an X-ray device
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY: Simulation of the electromagnetic field in a high-voltage generator in an X-ray device. Model courtesy Comet AG, Switzerland.
HVAC: Flow past a propeller in a duct.
CONSUMER PRODUCTS: This model treats the free convection of argon gas within a light bulb.
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY: Simulation of the electromagnetic field in a high-voltage generator in an X-ray device using LiveLink™ for SolidWorks®. Model courtesy Comet AG, Switzerland.
ELECTRON MICROSCOPY: A scanning electron microscope samples images by scanning a target with a high-energy beam of electrons. Electromagnetic lenses are used to focus this electron beam down to a spot about 10 nm wide on the sample surface.
AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING: Von Mises stresses and deformation in the ball bearings, cage and rubber seal of a continuous velocity joint. Model courtesy: Metelli S.p.A., Italy
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