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.

Application Builder

Learn how to build and run COMSOL applications using the Application Builder and COMSOL Server. The Application Builder, included in COMSOL Multiphysics, is a development environment for designing applications based on COMSOL Multiphysics models. You will be able to make COMSOL applications available to your colleagues and customers who are not COMSOL Multiphysics users by letting them connect to COMSOL Server.

Batteries & Fuel Cells

This minicourse will cover the Batteries & Fuel Cells Module in detail. This module is a specialized tool designed to simulate 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. Physics effects such as heat transfer, fluid flow and electrochemical reactions can all be easily added to a model and is an essential capability of COMSOL Multiphysics.

Best Practices in Multiphysics

COMSOL Multiphysics provides unique capabilities to solve multiphysics problems via numerical methods. This minicourse will examine the best practices for coupling and solving multiphysics problems using COMSOL Multiphysics. The multiphysics modeling node will be reviewed along with methods of coupling physics that are not available within this modeling node. Sequential and intimate coupling strategies will be discussed, and the use of fully coupled and segregated solvers will be reviewed.

CFD I, 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.

CFD II, Turbulent and High Mach Number Flow

Learn how to efficiently simulate incompressible and compressible turbulent flows in this CFD minicourse. The CFD Module allows for accurate multiphysics-flow simulations such as conjugate heat transfer with non-isothermal flow, fluid-structure interactions and non-Newtonian flow. The module interfaces for simulating flow in porous media, discrete and homogeneous two-phase flow, and flow in stirred vessels with rotating parts will also be discussed.

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.

Equation Based Modeling

Partial differential equations (PDEs) constitute the mathematical foundation to describe the laws of nature. This minicourse provides an introduction to the techniques for constructing your own linear or nonlinear PDE systems. You will also learn how to add ordinary differential equations and algebraic equations to your model.

Fluid-Solid 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.

Geometry Modeling and CAD Import

Whether you choose to construct a geometry in the COMSOL Desktop or to import it from a CAD file, this minicourse will demonstrate some useful tools. Did you know that COMSOL Multiphysics can automatically generate the cross-section of a solid object, and that you can use it for a 2D simulation? Or that you can directly import topographic data to create 3D objects? The same tool that you can use to create fluid regions for imported designs can also be used for replacing missing faces in geometric objects. Attend this minicourse to see a demonstration of these techniques and more.

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.

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.

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 including geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing will be addressed. This general introduction is a great way to get up to speed prior to attending the specialized minicourses.

LiveLink for  MATLAB®

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


The simulation of microelectromechanical systems naturally requires a multiphysics approach. Especially important is the accurate application of the electrical boundary conditions and forces on mechanical structures. This minicourse demonstrates the use of the MEMS Module to design microelectromechanical as well as piezoelectric device models in COMSOL Multiphysics.


This minicourse will walk you through available meshing techniques in COMSOL Multiphysics. It covers an introduction to basic meshing concepts, such as how to tweak the meshing parameters for unstructured meshes. More advanced topics include working with swept meshes and copying a mesh between regions. You will also learn how to hide small geometry features from the mesher, which is a useful technique when meshing imported CAD designs.

Multibody Dynamics & Fatigue

This minicourse covers two different subjects. First, modelling of structures containing combinations of rigid and flexible bodies using the Multibody Dynamics Module is introduced. Different types of joints and their applications are introduced, and examples are presented. In the second part of the course, a brief introduction to fatigue phenomena is given, followed by a presentation of how to perform fatigue evaluation using the Fatigue Module. Examples with High Cycle Fatigue, Low Cycle Fatigue and variable amplitude fatigue are treated.

Nonlinear Structural Materials Modeling

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.


The 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 and 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

Computational methods based on particle tracing can be used in many different application areas. This minicourse explores several applications of the Particle Tracing Module in electromagnetics and fluid mechanics. You will be given a tour of the different mathematical formulations available as well as the wide variety of built-in forces, including particle-particle interaction forces. Examples of both unidirectional and bidirectional coupling between particles and fields will also be discussed.

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.

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 including linked 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.


When presenting your results, the quality of your postprocessing will determine the impact of your presentation. This minicourse will thoroughly explore the many tools in the results node designed to make your data look 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!

Ray Optics

The Ray Optics Module can be used to efficiently model systems in which the electromagnetic wavelength is much smaller than the smallest geometric detail in the model. The electromagnetic waves are treated as rays which can reflect and refract off surfaces. This minicourse demonstrates the use of the Ray Optics Module to compute ray paths in both graded and homogeneous media. You will learn how to analyze the intensity and polarization of rays as they propagate through various media and optical devices. You will also learn how to apply the Ray Optics Module in a multiphysics context, with potential applications in imaging, building science, and radiative heat transfer.

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.


This minicourse introduces the Semiconductor module, which allows modeling of semiconductors on the COMSOL platform using a drift-diffusion based approach. The course will introduce this module and show basic applications of the interface for modeling semiconductor devices.

Simpleware® - from 3D Image to Mesh

This minicourse demonstrates the ease of obtaining high quality meshes from 3D images for use in COMSOL Multiphysics. The workflow of processing volume image data (e.g. from MRI, CT, Micro-CT and microscopy) to create meshes for biomedical, materials and Oil & Gas applications will be outlined and demonstrated. Learn how the robust and automated meshing algorithms can convert multiple segmented regions into multi-part, watertight and analysis-ready models in minutes. Also see the latest image visualization, segmentation and meshing tools from recent releases.


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

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

Wave Optics

The Wave Optics Module includes all of the capabilities of the RF Module for solving the wave form of Maxwell's equations as well as the new Beam Envelopes Method, which is applicable for models of devices when the direction of propagation is known, and the field envelopes are slowly varying along the beam path. Applications include bidirectional couplers, polarization rotators, self-focusing of beams in nonlinear materials, and other optical devices.


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