William B. J. Zimmerman
COMSOL Multiphysics helps to give my students a better grasp of the basics as well as providing a good platform for more complex and practically meaningful engineering analysis. It allows advanced engineering concepts to be addressed thoroughly, yet without shifting the focus from the physics of the problem to the details of numerical analysis.
This book presents a systematic description and case studies of chemical engineering modelling and simulation based on the MATLAB/FEMLAB tools, in support of selected topics in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that require numerical solution of complex balance equations (ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, nonlinear equations, integro-differential equations). These systems arise naturally in analysis of transport phenomena, process systems, chemical reactions and chemical thermodynamics, and particle rate processes. Templates are given for modelling both state-of-the-art research topics (e.g. microfluidic networks, film drying, multiphase flow, population balance equations) and case studies of commonplace design calculations — mixed phase reactor design, heat transfer, flowsheet analysis of unit operations, flash distillations, etc.
The great strength of this book is that it makes modelling and simulating in the MATLAB/FEMLAB environment approachable to both the novice and the expert modeller.