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Predicting the Effects of Induction Heating with Simulation

November 19, 2021

What is induction heating? What are the benefits of it? Can it be simulated with COMSOL Multiphysics? Keep reading to find out…

Forming New Ideas with Generative Design in COMSOL®

November 2, 2021

Pencils were invented in the 16th century and erasers in the 18th century. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that erasers were attached to pencils in the typical design we know today.

Optimizing Solar Cell Designs with a Simulation App

October 28, 2021

The SolCelSim app, designed by an MSc student at the University of Zilina, enables researchers to simulate solar cell designs, even if they are unfamiliar with simulation software.

Happy Birthday, Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de Saint-Venant

August 23, 2021

The shallow water equations, a derivation of the Navier–Stokes equations, and Saint-Venant’s principle can all be credited to French physicist Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de Saint-Venant.

Zooming in on a Compact Camera Module Design with Simulation

July 20, 2021

Lights, camera, simulation: Read about factors that help define the performance of compact camera modules (CCMs) as well as how optical ray tracing can be used to analyze their design.

Fine-Tuning an HVAC System Design with Simulation

June 23, 2021

Do you find your office too hot, too cold, or just right? Using simulation, HVAC system engineers can assess indoor climate conditions and ensure maximum comfort among a building’s occupants.

Happy Birthday, John Sealy Townsend

June 7, 2021

From fluorescent light bulbs and Geiger counters to plasma televisions and semiconductor manufacturing, Townsend discharge has many important applications. Who discovered this phenomenon?

The Quest for Clarity: Tracing Rays in 3 Telescope Designs

May 25, 2021

The Keck telescope includes a parabolic reflective surface made up of 36 separate interlocking mirrors. Learn more about this and 2 other popular telescope designs via ray tracing simulation.

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