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Computing View Factors with the Heat Transfer Module

January 2, 2015

In the past, I’ve received regular requests for the ability to check the view factors used by COMSOL Multiphysics. How accurate are they? What is the impact of a given parameter (mesh size, radiation resolution, etc.) on their accuracy? Good news: Version 5.0 provides new operators for postprocessing that correspond to the operators used to generate surface-to-surface equations. Allow me to demonstrate how to compute geometrical view factors.

Biomechanical Model Evaluates Human Response to Vibrations

December 31, 2014

Depending on their magnitude and frequency, vibrations can be a source of discomfort and even pain for the human body. The impact of these vibrations is surely felt, but wouldn’t it be interesting to visualize how different parts of the human body respond when placed in such an environment? We introduce you to a multibody model that enables you to analyze the body’s dynamic response to vibrations.

New Piezoelectric Modeling Interface in COMSOL 5.0

December 30, 2014

We have introduced a new interface for simulating piezoelectric devices in version 5.0 of the COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software. This interface aims to achieve several things. In this blog post, I will explain what these things are and how you can use them.

How to Obtain Fatigue Model Parameters

December 26, 2014

When simulating fatigue, you are faced with two main challenges. The first is to select a suitable fatigue model for your application and the second is to obtain the material data for the selected model. I recently addressed the first challenge in the blog post “Which Fatigue Model Should I Choose?“. Today, I will address the second challenge and discuss how you can obtain fatigue model parameters.

Modeling a Surface Micromachined Accelerometer

December 23, 2014

Surface micromachining is a process used to manufacture MEMS devices, which includes accelerometers. In this blog post, we model the electric field and forces within an accelerometer as well as highlight a new geometry feature available in COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.0.

Membrane Interface Improvements in Version 5.0

December 11, 2014

The Membrane interface has undergone a number of changes with the release of COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.0. This includes a restructured menu, new feature nodes, improvements to the Linear Elastic Material model, and support for the Hyperelastic Material model. You might remember the Nonlinear Structural Materials model Inflation of a Spherical Rubber Balloon. We have now rebuilt it using the Membrane interface. I will discuss these changes and the new model in today’s blog post.

Intro to Modeling Evaporative Cooling

December 8, 2014

When you think of evaporation, you probably think of the cup on your desk that spreads the aroma of coffee or tea. But evaporation is also a process with many industrial and scientific applications, ranging from meteorology to food processing. This blog entry is the beginning of a new blog series on modeling evaporative cooling. Here, we introduce the basic concepts using your coffee cup as an example.

New Accumulators Boost Particle and Ray Tracing Functionality

November 26, 2014

With the release of COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.0, the Particle Tracing Module now includes a series of features called Accumulators, which can be used to couple the results of a particle tracing simulation to other physics interfaces. The accumulated variables may represent any physical quantity and can be defined either within domains or on boundaries, making them extremely flexible. Here, I will explain the different types of accumulators and their applications in particle tracing and ray optics models.


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