Minicourses

A popular component of the Conference program is the offering of minicourses. We hold general introductory sessions as well as specialized minicourses 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 minicourses as soon as possible.

Topics offered

Preliminary listing of minicourses

AC/DC and Magnetic Modeling

This minicourse 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.

CFD

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.

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 (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.

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.

LiveLink™ for CAD: Inventor®, Pro/ ENGINEER®, SolidWorks®

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.

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 Structural Analysis

This minicourse 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.

Optimization

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

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.

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 structure design, RF heating, and meta-material modeling will be discussed.

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.

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