Stick a TV to the Wall using Gecko Feet

Phil Kinnane February 22, 2012

Gecko lizards use dry adhesion forces to climb vertical and even backward-slanting walls. Yet, despite the strength they provide for holding their body to such walls, you can easily pluck them from their surface, and no residue is left behind. Imagine doing that with a TV.

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Phil Kinnane February 13, 2012

One of the things I have noticed from the FEM vs FVM debate is that when you want to couple other physics to fluid flow, then FEM is the best method to do this with. It’s fitting then that my colleague in our Palo Alto office, John Dunec, ran a webinar this week on Multiphysics Flow Simulations with COMSOL.

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Phil Kinnane February 3, 2012

I noticed a lot of activity when I posted the question concerning “FEM vs FVM” in a previous blog post, so I started looking into it a bit. A lot of people went to the COMSOL Discussion Forum thread on the matter, from the blog, which got me thinking that this must be a hot topic out there. Not Much Debate How disappointed I was when I typed ‘FEM vs FVM’ into Google and saw that there wasn’t much to […]

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Phil Kinnane January 31, 2012

An interesting discussion has been going on in the COMSOL Discussion Forum. What is the difference between the Finite Element Method (FEM) and the Finite Volume Method (FVM)?

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Phil Kinnane January 13, 2012

I have just read a cool article about the University of Michigan’s solar car. Back when I was a young and hopeful engineering student in Australia , the World Solar Challenge really sparked my imagination. This is the race from the top of Australia (Darwin) to the bottom (Adelaide) across the desert where the cars are powered by solar energy, which is basically captured by solar cells on the car roofs.

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Phil Kinnane January 10, 2012

The release of Version 4.2a was an exciting event for us at COMSOL. I had the opportunity to see a preview of new products and the big one for me was the Particle Tracing Module. Many of our customers and colleagues in the simulation industry had been requesting this for quite some time. I must admit that I thought it was just because they wanted a different type of postprocessing feature; another way of looking at streamlines.

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Phil Kinnane June 15, 2011

COMSOL Multiphysics v4.2 Release Highlights This video shows the new features that are in COMSOL Multiphysics version 4.2

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Phil Kinnane March 15, 2011

The latest issue of Building Simulation, Volume 4, Number 1 / March 2011 , reports on how multiphysics modeling and simulation is being applied to develop and design buildings. Titled “Special issue: Multiphysics Modeling and Its Application in Buildings” this journal features seven papers spanning a variety of application areas. In each paper COMSOL Multiphysics is being used to model the complex processes encountered in building simulation. The Journal is available online and is published by Tsinghua University Press, co-published […]

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Phil Kinnane March 7, 2011

COMSOL Multiphysics offers direct access to mathematical models utilized in its interfaces and allows users to customize their own theoretical model within COMSOL with unparalleled ease. Here are three video tutorials on how users can add their own Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) within the COMSOL Multiphysics interface.

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Bernt Nilsson October 22, 2010

Competition sponsored by PTC® (www.ptc.com), COMSOL (www.comsol.com), and Tech Briefs Media (www.techbriefsmedia.com) attracts nearly 1,000 innovative product ideas from engineers and students in 51 countries. New York, NY – A new invention could help millions of manual wheelchair users increase their mobility while decreasing upper body, repetitive stress injuries. Many who suffer from muscle pain, torn rotator cuffs, joint degeneration, and carpal tunnel syndrome due to muscle overuse will benefit from the Rowheel Wheelchair Propulsion System. This innovative design uses […]

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Bernt Nilsson March 1, 2010

Save Lives, Create Jobs, Keep the Earth Green and Win a Grand Prize of $20,000 New York, NY – The eighth “Create the Future” Design Contest (www.createthefuture2010.com) sponsored by PTC, COMSOL and Tech Briefs Media Group opens today and entries will be accepted through June 30, 2010. The contest is an opportunity to receive global recognition and a cash prize of $20,000 for a breakthrough product idea.

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