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The Model Gallery features COMSOL Multiphysics model files from a wide variety of application areas including the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical disciplines. You can download ready-to-use models and step-by-step instructions for building the model, and use these as a starting point for your own modeling work. Use the Quick Search to find models relevant to your area of expertise, and login or create a COMSOL Access account that is associated with a valid COMSOL license to download the model files.

Parameterized I-Beam

This example shows how to parameterize a CAD model by deforming the corresponding finite element mesh. The method enables geometry parameterization of non-parameterized CAD models such as: - models created by the built-in COMSOL CAD tools - imported neutral CAD files such as .igs or .step - imported .x_t, .sat, or other vendor-specific formats - imported finite element mesh files The module ...

Thick Plate Stress Analysis

A benchmark model where a thick plate exposed to pressure on the top surface is analyzed. The solution is compared with a NAFEMS benchmark solution.

Vibrating String

This model studies the natural frequencies of a pre-tensioned string using the 2D Truss interface. This is an example of “stress stiffening”; in fact the transverse stiffness of truss elements is directly proportional to the tensile force. Strings made of piano wire have an extremely high yield limit, thus enabling a wide range of pre-tension forces. The results are compared with the ...

Linear Buckling Analysis of a Truss Tower

Trusses are commonly used to create light structures that can support heavy loads. When designing such a structure, it is important to ensure its safety. For a tower made of bars, buckling can cause the structure to collapse. This model shows how to compute the critical buckling load using a linear buckling analysis. The solution is compared with an analytical expression for critical load ...

Hertzian Contact

A long elastic cylinder resting on a flat rigid foundation is analyzed. The cylinder is subjected to a uniform load along its top. The contact pressure distribution is compared with the analytical solution

Submodel in a Wheel Rim

In stress analysis, it is common that the regions with high stresses are small when compared to the whole structure. Sometimes it is not feasible to have a mesh that at the same time captures the global behavior and resolves the stress concentrations with high accuracy. This is especially true in nonlinear or dynamic problems. You can cope with this type of problems with a technique known as ...

Absorptive Muffler with Shells

This model describes the pressure wave propagation in a muffler for an internal combustion engine. The purpose of the model is to show how to analyze both inductive and resistive damping in pressure acoustics as well as coupling the fluid to the surrounding elastic shell structure of the muffler. Finally, the eigenmodes of a pure structural problem is analyzed and the modes compared to peaks in ...

Shift into gear

This model demonstrates the ability to simulate Multibody Dynamics in COMSOL. It comprises a multilink mechanism that is used in an antique automobile as a gearshift lever. It was created out of curiosity to find out how large forces are on the individual components. The model uses flexible parts, i.e. the Structural Mechanics Module was used along with the Multibody Dynamics Module.

Postbuckling Analysis of a Hinged Cylindrical Shell

The model studied is a benchmark for a hinged cylindrical panel subjected to a point load at its center. A linear buckling analysis predicts the critical buckling load. Such an analysis will however not give any information about what happens at loads higher than the critical load. Tracing the solution after the critical load is called a postbuckling analysis. This model uses the Shell interface.

Scordelis-Lo Roof Shell Benchmark

In this example a thin curved membrane is built and solved using the Shell interface. This model is a widely used benchmark model denoted the Scordelis-Lo roof. The computed maximum z-deformation is compared with the value given in Proposed Standard Set of Problems to Test Finite Element Accuracy, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 1985.

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