Introduction to Modeling Stress Linearization in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Henrik Sönnerlind May 16, 2017

In some applications, it is necessary to approximate a general 3D stress state by a set of linearized stresses through a cross section of a thin structure. This is important for applications like the analysis of pressure vessels, fatigue analysis of welds, and determination of reinforcement requirements in concrete. In this blog post, we discuss why such an approach is useful as well as how to compute linearized stresses in the Structural Mechanics Module for COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.3.

How to Use the v2-f Turbulence Model in the CFD Module

Ed Fontes May 15, 2017

Accurately modeling turbulent flow is always a challenge with turbulence models, since they inherently involve simplifications. In addition, accurate models tend to add equations that don’t help the convergence of the already highly nonlinear models. To solve this problem, version 5.3 of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software introduces the v2-f turbulence model. It combines the accuracy obtained with models that describe the anisotropy of the turbulent boundary layers with the robustness of two-equation turbulence models.

How to Inspect Your Mesh in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Hanna Gothäll May 12, 2017

Creating a suitable mesh for your FEA simulations is crucial for getting accurate results. In this blog post, we discuss how to check entities reported in mesh warnings and errors, how to view the statistics of a mesh or parts of a mesh, as well as how to plot the mesh and mesh-specific quantities and delimit these plots to selected regions.

Analyzing the Structural Integrity of an Induction Motor with Simulation

Caty Fairclough May 11, 2017

In the 1800s, two scientists — Nikola Tesla and Galileo Ferraris — separately invented their own versions of AC induction motors. Such AC motors turned out to be reliable alternatives to the DC motors that were popular at the time. To accurately study induction motors, we must account for the multiple physics that occur. As today’s example illustrates, we can include the electromechanical effects in version 5.3 of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

How to Manage Multiple Solutions in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Magnus Ringh May 10, 2017

If you’re looking for ways to manage multiple solutions, version 5.3 of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software offers several new tools for doing so. These include options for combining two solutions into one; storing solutions in different data sets so that they can be postprocessed and analyzed individually; and joining solutions to, for example, compare them. In this blog post, we will look at how to use these new tools.

Exploiting Maximum Principles to Save Time and Resources

Temesgen Kindo May 9, 2017

When your simulations consume significant memory, do you buy a bigger computer? When they take too long to solve, do you just run them overnight? Often, you don’t have another option. But sometimes, if you have the right tools, you can find a better approach by exploiting the mathematical structure. Today, we will show you how to use the so-called maximum principles to save computational resources and time in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

How to Use the Find and Auto Completion Tools for Faster Model Setup

Amelia Halliday May 8, 2017

When making improvements to a model in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, you are likely to add more parameters and variables. As the complexity of your model grows, it can become difficult to keep track of where these parameters are being used and defined, as well as to recall them for use in the settings of other nodes. In this blog post, we show you how to use the Auto Completion and Find tools for efficient model setup.

Capturing Eddy Current Losses in a Permanent Magnet Motor Design

Bridget Cunningham May 4, 2017

Permanent magnet motors are useful in various high-end applications, but they come with design limitations. One example is their sensitivity to high temperatures, which can result from heat losses generated by currents — specifically, eddy currents. Version 5.3 of the COMSOL® software includes functionality to capture eddy current losses in the permanent magnets of such motors. Engineers can use these results to better understand the full behavior of permanent magnet motors and identify ways to optimize their performance.

Modeling a Transient Contact Problem with Stick-Slip Friction Transition

Bridget Cunningham May 3, 2017

For many mechanical contact problems, stick-slip friction transition is an important point of analysis. When present, this phenomenon influences the stresses, strains, and deformations near the contact area between the two bodies. In version 5.3 of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, we have the tools necessary to handle this type of mechanical contact problem and validate the results. With a better understanding of stick-slip friction transition and its subsequent effects, we can improve the safety and energy efficiency of relative systems.

How to Use the New Ray Termination Feature for Geometrical Optics

Christopher Boucher May 2, 2017

The release of version 5.3 of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software includes a new Ray Termination feature to simplify the setup and results analysis for optical simulations with the Ray Optics Module. Use the Ray Termination feature to remove rays that are no longer relevant to the solution, either because they have escaped from the geometry or their intensity is negligibly small. In this blog post, we’ll learn how to use this feature and see how it simplifies ray optics simulation.

Faraday Cages Say ‘Do Not Pass’ to Electromagnetic Waves

Brianne Costa May 1, 2017

We thrive on the ability to stay constantly connected to the rest of the world through technology. But there are times when our devices hold us back, distracting us when we should be working on an important project or connecting with friends over dinner. Fortunately, a device that was first theorized over 200 years ago — the Faraday cage — offers a way to take ourselves offline, if only for a little while.