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Heat Transfer: Accounting for the Radiation of the Sun

May 22, 2012

Knowing the sun’s radiation and thermal effects is very important to designers within the building industry, especially in designing “green” buildings. Heat transfer also plays a vital role in designing outdoor devices in terms of maintaining temperatures in extreme hot or cold environments. To use the words of Nicolas Huc, project leader for the Heat Transfer Module development at COMSOL in France: “it makes a huge difference if you forget to take the sun’s radiation into account.”

The Difficulties with Working with Nanoparticles

May 21, 2012

When it comes to the design of batteries, we want to maximize charge while minimizing volume and weight. The use of nanoparticles can help achieve these goals. However, as I was just reading in one of my favorite websites,, it is very difficult to control the material properties when working with nanostructures.

Are you Ready for the June 5th Venus Transit of the Sun?

May 10, 2012

“At 5:00 central time, June 5th 2012, Venus will transit the sun. It will not do so again until December 2117. The task at hand is to provide a live webcast of the transit as seen from Tulsa, OK.”

Free Chemical Showcase CD now Available

May 7, 2012

It’s an exciting time here as we’re starting to release a series of resources for COMSOL users and people interested in modeling and optimizing multiphysics and other engineering applications. This will be done as a set of CDs that will contain animated videos summarizing the features in COMSOL’s suite of products, and videos showing model examples being built. Also included on this CD will be white papers, conference articles, and reports of real-life situations where modeling has been applied.

A Lot Happening with the New Corrosion Module

May 2, 2012

This Friday, a training course in modeling corrosion is being run at the COMSOL Burlington office. Participants will be introduced to the new Corrosion Module and will be led through a number of different exercises.

AltaSim Takes on Surface Plasmon Resonance Modeling

April 26, 2012

We’ve just got another finished article and layout back for COMSOL News and it looks as great as the others, but for different reasons. We usually ask a couple of our partners to write an article for COMSOL News to provide users with some more technical background to modeling. AltaSim Technologies, who are certified consultants and even run courses in COMSOL, have written an article about surface plasmon resonance.

Design Materials to Exhibit Wanted Properties

April 24, 2012

I’ve just been reading my favorite news service,, and noticed that cloaking is once again the topic of the day. While we have previously reported on a group out of Duke University, this article mentions a group from Ames Laboratory in Iowa. Similar to the Duke Group, Costas Soukoulis from Ames Laboratory also seems to have been at the forefront of this research.

What’s coming in Particle Tracing for 4.3

April 10, 2012

It’s been fun working with the next release. One of the great new features will be in the Particle Tracing Module and will allow particles to interact with each other, and not only with the macroscopic field they find themselves in. It also produces some pretty cool vids.

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