Our most popular event at the COMSOL Conference is the offering of hands-on minicourses. We hold general introductory sessions as well as specialized minicourses to help you delve deeper into your specific areas of interest.


Explore the capabilities of the AC/DC Module for simulation of static and low frequency electromagnetics. This minicourse will focus on modeling resistive, capacitive and inductive devices. We will explore options to create high definition models of such devices to visualize the spatial distribution of electric and magnetic fields. We will also demonstrate techniques to extract lumped parameters such as resistance, capacitance, inductance and impedance from the device models. New features in the software will be showcased as well.

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.

Acoustics & Vibrations

Acoustic pressure waves in fluids such as air or water interact with surrounding structures resulting in vibrations in solids and absorption in porous materials. Furthermore, in narrow structures, thermal and viscous loss in the fluid become significant and need to be included. This minicourse uses the Acoustics Module to demonstrate the simulation of these waves and their effects. Recent news and additions to the module are also presented. Application areas include, but are not limited to: muffler design, mobile devices, transducer design, loudspeakers, pipe acoustics, sound insulation materials, acoustic scattering, transmission, and radiation phenomena.

CFD: Microfluidics and Laminar Flow

This minicourse covers the Microfluidics Module, featuring custom interfaces for the simulation of microfluidic devices and rarefied gas flows. Beyond its single phase flow capabilities, this module also allows for two-phase flow simulations capturing surface tension forces, capillary forces, and Marangoni effects. Typical applications include: lab-on-a-chip devices, digital microfluidics, electrokinetic and magnetokinetic devices, inkjets, and vacuum systems.

HVAC: Flow past a propeller in a duct.

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. 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.

Electrochemistry, Corrosion, and Electrodeposition

This minicourse covers the Electrochemistry, Corrosion, and Electrodeposition Modules, featuring tailored interfaces to study primary, secondary and tertiary current density distributions in electrochemical cells. Physics effects such as heat transfer, fluid flow and electrochemical reactions can be easily added to a model and is an essential capability of COMSOL Multiphysics.

Heat Transfer

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.

CONSUMER PRODUCTS: This model treats the free convection of argon gas within a light bulb.

RF & Microwaves

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

Structural Mechanics

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

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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