COMSOL CONFERENCE 2018 BANGALORE

August 9-10

You are invited to attend the COMSOL Conference 2018 to advance your numerical simulation skills and connect with fellow modeling and design experts. This event focuses on multiphysics simulation and its applications. A great variety of sessions offers everything from inspiring keynotes by industry leaders to one-on-one meetings with application engineers and developers. You can customize the program to your own specific needs whether the purpose is learning new modeling techniques or connecting with fellow users of the COMSOL® software. Join us at the COMSOL Conference to:

  • Stay up-to-date with current multiphysics modeling tools and technologies
  • Pick up new simulation techniques in a variety of minicourses and workshops
  • Present a paper or poster and gain recognition for your design and research work
  • Interact with your colleagues in industry-specific panel discussions
  • Get assistance for your modeling problems at demo stations
  • Learn how to build and deploy simulation apps for your team or organization
  • Draw inspiration for your next design innovation from leaders in multiphysics simulation

Schedule August 9-10

9:00 a.m.
Registration Opens
10:00 a.m.
Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics®
10:45 a.m.
Break
11:00 am
Welcome and Keynotes
  • How Multiphysics Simulation Tools Enhance Concept-Design-Focused Product Development

    Concept design is a crucial stage in the product development life cycle of automobiles, involving an iterative collaboration between the design and computer-aided engineering (CAE) teams. The CAE analysts work hard toward evaluating design options to meet the system performance and weight targets for a vehicle. For their suggestions to be incorporated in the final design, however, the results need to be available well before the design is finalized, which is often not the case; this increases the product development cycle time. Therefore, it is important to evaluate more design options at the concept phase itself for a robust and optimized vehicle architecture that meets the predefined targets. Simulation software like COMSOL Multiphysics® enables design engineers to quickly test various designs while allowing CAE engineers to focus on detailed CAE analysis, such as multidisciplinary optimization for improving performance and reducing weight.


  • Keynote Talks at the COMSOL Conference 2018 Bangalore


  • Analysis of Spurious Modes in Leaky SAW Resonators Through Multiphysics Simulations

    Leaky SAW resonators are the building blocks of low-loss miniature acoustic filters, which are extensively used in today’s wireless communication circuits. The geometry of these resonators, including metallization thickness and acoustic aperture, plays an important role in determining the performance of these resonators and hence also that of the filter they are a part of. Spurious resonant responses attributed to transverse modes and surface-skimming bulk waves (SSBWs) can substantially corrupt the overall filter response and must be analyzed thoroughly. Multiphysics simulations can be fruitfully utilized to gain insight into the origin of these spurious modes, and the geometry of the resonators can consequently be modified to minimize the modes' effect. This presentation analyzes leaky SAW resonators fabricated on a 42° YX lithium tantalate substrate through simulations in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Based on the simulation results, suitable modifications are made to the resonator geometry to improve resonator performance. Finally, results of the simulation are validated against on-wafer tests carried out on fabricated resonators.


12:30 p.m.
Lunch
1:30 p.m.
Minicourses
  • In this minicourse, you will learn about modeling conductive and convective heat transfer with phase change using COMSOL Multiphysics®, the Heat Transfer Module, the CFD Module, and the Subsurface Flow Module. Conductive heat transfer modeling addresses heat transfer through solids and can include heat transfer in thin layers, contact thermal resistance, and phase change. Convective heat transfer addresses heat transfer in solids and fluids. We will also address natural convection induced by buoyancy forces. Additionally, changes in the temperature of a material can lead to a change in material phase, from solid to liquid to gas. This minicourse will introduce you to the various types of phase change modeling that can be done with COMSOL Multiphysics®.


  • In this minicourse, we will cover the Microfluidics Module, which features custom interfaces for the simulation of microfluidic devices and rarefied gas flows. Single-phase flow capabilities include both Newtonian and non-Newtonian flow. Beyond its single-phase flow capabilities, this module also allows for two-phase flow simulations to capture surface tension forces, capillary forces, and Marangoni effects. Typical applications include lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices, digital microfluidics, electrokinetic and magnetokinetic devices, inkjets, and vacuum systems.


  • In this minicourse, we will cover the use of the RF Module for simulating Maxwell's equations in the high-frequency electromagnetic wave regime. We will discuss applications in resonant cavity analysis, antenna modeling, transmission lines and waveguides, and scattering. Then, we will address the coupling of electromagnetic wave simulations to heat transfer, such as in RF heating.


  • In this minicourse, we will address the modeling of resistive and capacitive devices with the AC/DC Module. We will also cover the calculation of electric fields under steady-state, transient, and frequency-domain conditions, as well as the extraction of lumped parameters such as capacitance matrices. Applications include the modeling of resistive heating and sensor design.


  • In this minicourse, we will address the modeling of stresses, strains, and deflections in solid materials and mechanisms. Stationary, transient, and frequency-domain simulations will be covered. Shells, membranes, beams, and trusses will also be introduced. If you are interested in learning about the Structural Mechanics Module and Multibody Dynamics Module, this minicourse is for you.


3:00 p.m.
Break
3:15 p.m.
User Presentations & Panel Discussion
  • Enhancing Classroom Learning with Simulation Tools

    One of the most challenging aspects of teaching is to keep students engaged while accelerating their learning process. Students often face difficulties in conceptualizing engineering problems and struggle to understand complex physical phenomena if they cannot be visualized. Traditional experiments can aid learning, but some experiments are expensive and have difficult and time-consuming setup procedures. Simulation tools can close this gap by helping students better visualize multiphysics problems, easily grasp theoretical concepts, and apply their learning in real-life situations.

    In this discussion, we will delve into how simulation tools contribute to helping students develop an intuitive understanding of engineering problems and allowing them to explore new ideas and designs.


  • Maximizing Product Development Efficiency with Simulation Apps

    Product development is a time-sensitive process that requires the most accurate and comprehensive simulation tools to stay ahead of the competition. Simulation plays a crucial role in the product development life cycle, reducing the dependence on prototyping, which in turn reduces the time to market for any product. Next-generation simulation tools go a step further, bringing the power of simulation to design engineers through custom user interfaces called apps. These apps can be deployed across organizations, enabling other teams to analyze and optimize product designs without the constant involvement of simulation experts.

    In this discussion, we will examine the current role of simulation apps in product development and how organizations envision the future of apps within the industry.


4:30 p.m.
Break
4:45 p.m.
Minicourses
  • Whether you choose to construct a geometry in the COMSOL Desktop® or import it from a CAD file, this minicourse will demonstrate some useful tools. Did you know that COMSOL Multiphysics® can automatically generate the cross section of a solid object and you can use it for a 2D simulation? Or that you can directly import topographic data to create 3D objects? Generating a geometry is also about preparing selections for physics settings. By using the right selection tools, you can easily automate the modeling workflow, even when this involves simulations on widely different versions of a geometry. Attend this minicourse to see a demonstration of these techniques and more.


  • The Application Builder, included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, allows you to wrap your COMSOL Multiphysics® models in user-friendly interfaces. This minicourse will cover the two main components of the Application Builder: the Form Editor and the Method Editor. You will learn how to use the Form Editor to add buttons, sliders, input and output objects, and more. You will also learn how to use the Method Editor and other tools to efficiently write methods to extend the functionality of your apps.


  • In this minicourse, we will walk you through the meshing techniques that are available to you in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We will introduce you to basic meshing concepts, such as how to tweak the meshing parameters for unstructured meshes. More advanced topics include working with swept meshes and creating mesh plots. You will also learn a useful technique for meshing imported CAD designs: How to hide small geometry features from the mesher.


  • This minicourse is focused on modeling all kinds of transducers. The transduction from an electric signal to an acoustic signal, including the mechanical path, is a true multiphysics application. We will set up a simple model using the built-in multiphysics couplings and also look at other modeling techniques, like combining lumped models with FEM or BEM. The analysis can be done in the frequency domain or extended to the time domain, where nonlinear effects can be included. You will also learn about recent news and additions to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software relevant to the topic. Application areas include, but are not limited to, mobile devices, piezotransducers, loudspeakers, headsets, and speaker cabinets.


  • In this minicourse, we will address the modeling of joints, gears, cams, springs, and dampers in flexible multibody systems. Stationary, transient, and frequency-domain simulations will be covered. You will also get an introduction to including nonlinear materials, lumped modeling techniques, and multiphysics modeling. If you are interested in learning about the Multibody Dynamics Module, this minicourse is for you.


  • By Synopsys

    This minicourse demonstrates the ease of obtaining high-quality models from 3D image data in the Synopsys Simpleware™ software for use in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The workflow of processing 3D image data (e.g., from MRI, CT, Micro-CT, and FIB-SEM) to create models for life sciences, materials, and manufacturing applications will be outlined and demonstrated. Learn about the capabilities of the Simpleware™ software for image visualization, segmentation, analysis, and model generation. Examples will also be shown of workflows and case studies combining the Simpleware™ software and the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

    Simpleware is a trademark of Synopsys, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


6:15 p.m.
Poster Session
8:00 p.m.
Gala Dinner
8:00 a.m.
Registration
9:00 a.m.
Minicourses
  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to define and solve problems in electrodeposition, corrosion protection, and corrosion studies. These systems all involve mass and charge transfer coupled to electrochemical reactions at deforming metal surfaces. We will look at two different approaches: one that treats the surface deformation as a variable and a second approach that treats the surface deformation with moving mesh. The most common type of study for these systems is the time-dependent study, but we will also briefly look at electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) studies.


  • Magnetic fields arise due to magnets and the flow of current. In this minicourse, you will learn about using the AC/DC Module to model static, transient, and frequency-domain magnetic fields that arise around magnets and coils. We will introduce various ways of modeling magnetically permeable materials, motors, and generators.


  • Radiative heat transfer is one of the three types of heat transfer and plays a major role in many applications. During this session, we will focus on the features for modeling surface-to-surface radiation for gray surfaces or multiple spectral bands, such as solar and infrared radiation. We will discuss different examples in order to help identify cases where thermal radiation has to be accounted for.

    Defining ambient conditions is a key point in the model definition, especially when solar radiation is accounted for, but there are also other cases. We will review the different means to define the ambient condition and how use them for conduction, convection, and radiation in heat transfer models.


  • Learn how to efficiently simulate incompressible and compressible turbulent flows in this CFD minicourse. The CFD Module allows for accurate multiphysics flow simulations, such as conjugate heat transfer with nonisothermal flow and fluid-structure interactions. We will also discuss physics interfaces for simulating flow in porous media, discrete and homogeneous two-phase flow, and flow in stirred vessels with rotating parts.


  • The Wave Optics Module offers both full-wave modeling of Maxwell's equations and the beam envelope method. The beam envelope method is particularly useful for modeling optical waveguiding structures, where the field envelope varies slowly along the direction of propagation. This minicourse introduces the use of the beam envelope method and how it contrasts with full-wave models. Optical scattering from periodic structures, such as gratings, will also be covered.


10:30 a.m.
Break
10:45 a.m.
User Presentations
11:45 a.m.
Break
12:00 p.m.
Keynotes and Awards Ceremony
  • Simulations and Data Science — Never the Twain Shall Meet?

    It is the age of data. In every field, data is being used to build predictive models. Will the science of physics simulations get supplanted by this trend? After all, a "simulation" is a predictive model of the behavior of physical objects. Can data modeling/machine learning/A.I. replace simulation technology in these goals?

    In this keynote address, Udayan Kanade, CEO of Noumenon Multiphysics, will argue that the final outcome is likely to be more complex than these questions seem to indicate. Rather than being locked in an eternal battle for supremacy, data science and physics simulations will learn to form a novel symbiosis that relies on the diverse strengths of each field. What will this novel symbiosis look like? What changes will each field have to undergo before they can merge? What will the simulation and data science tools of the future look like? And what will the eventual benefit to engineers and to mankind be?


  • Multiphysics Simulations: Application to High-Voltage Cable Research

    Power cables are of great importance in power transmission and distribution systems. High-voltage cables are used for both AC and DC high-voltage power transmission throughout the world. Technological advances, particularly those relating to materials, have meant that cables can reliably be utilized at ever-increasing voltages and for a broader range of applications and installation conditions than ever before. Accurate determination of cable ratings is important for providing an economical, functional, and safe electrical design. There are two main cable technologies that are commercially available at the moment: mass-impregnated (MI) cables and extruded cables. The relevant physics for MI and extruded cables are quite different. In MI cables, the fluid dynamics and the formation of voids in the insulation during cooling is the main phenomenon that needs to be controlled. The fluid dynamics coupled with electrical conduction governs the partial discharge (PD), which is the limiting factor in the design of MI cables. On the other hand, in extruded cables, the physics behind conduction; interpretation of measurements; understanding of conduction; and, finally, relevant and reliable quality assurance techniques are the main areas of concern. In addition, control of the electric field at the interface between cable and accessories is also a challenge. This demands the implementation of relevant theoretical models to understand the performance of a high-voltage cable system under various stresses (thermal, electrical, and mechanical). The COMSOL Multiphysics® software was used for implementing high-voltage cable models to study the coupled electrothermal or electrothermal and mechanical simulations. In this talk, the role of multiphysics simulations to understand the critical issues in the development of an HVDC cable system is discussed.


  • Changing Scenario in Auto Components Industry for Driving R&D Productivity

    In recent years, technological disruptions have resulted in multifold growth in the automobile sector. Studies show that similar kinds of disruptions are expected in the near future as well. Further regulatory changes like Bharat Stage VI (BS VI) and the electrification of conventional internal combustion engine vehicles are also on the verge of implementation. Major challenges faced for BS VI and electric vehicles are their stringent norms and light weight with improved performance. Further, auto original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are looking at their suppliers as development partners. This has imparted more design responsibilities on the shoulders of the supplier. These responsibilities can be handled swiftly by incorporating computer-aided engineering (CAE) into their new product development (NPD) process. As a result, more and more auto component companies are implementing CAE as a part of their NPD process. Here, the CAE platform/solver selected is of immense importance. Being a multiphysics simulation software, COMSOL Multiphysics® can play a major role in building up products with first-time-right design. Different physics can be combined together and can be analyzed in one place. An example of disc brake thermal prediction is discussed, where different physics are combined to address the brake phenomenon.


1:30 p.m.
Lunch
2:30 p.m.
Minicourses
  • Learn how to use the Application Builder and the Method Editor to automate your model building, including setting up the geometry, material properties, loads, and boundary conditions; meshing; solving; and extracting data. You will learn how the Application Builder can be a powerful tool in your modeling process.


  • In this minicourse, you will learn to model batteries with a focus on lithium-ion batteries, including transport of ions, porous electrodes, and electrode reactions. You will also get an introduction to the corresponding couplings to heat transport for performing thermal simulations. We will address how to simulate various transient phenomena such as constant current-constant voltage (CCCV) charge/discharge cycling, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and capacity fade.


  • In this minicourse, we will study different classes of problems involving acoustic propagation in fluids. This ranges from propagation in large domains, such as rooms or the ocean, to transmission through small perforations where thermal and viscous losses are important. Detailed modeling of the propagation in moving fluids is also discussed. This is, for example, the case in a muffler with a nonisothermal background flow. You will also learn about recent news and additions to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software relevant to the topic. Application areas include, but are not limited to, muffler design, sound insulation materials, room and car acoustics, and flow meters.


  • This minicourse builds upon static and dynamic modeling to address questions of material nonlinearity and fatigue. We will cover the various nonlinear material models used for modeling metals, polymers, soils, and ceramics. Furthermore, we will discuss creep modeling and structural and thermal fatigue modeling.


  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to use the Ray Optics Module to trace rays of light and other high-frequency radiation through optically large systems. We will explain how to model ray propagation in homogeneous and graded-index media; analyze ray intensity and polarization; and apply boundary conditions including refraction, diffuse reflection, and specular reflection. We will discuss application areas including cameras, telescopes, laser focusing systems, spectrometers, and concentrated solar power systems. You will also learn how to apply the Ray Optics Module in a multiphysics context by considering structural and thermal effects.


  • By Noumenon

    Modelers are frequently faced with situations that are too large or complex to model in one go. In such situations, computational techniques variously known as substructure modeling, port modeling, and multiscale modeling are frequently useful. Using examples from various fields — including structural and fluid mechanics, electromagnetics, heat transfer, and more — this course teaches the theory and practice of dividing a situation into components, building behavioral models of each component, and then integrating these behaviors to create fast and accurate models of complex situations. The multiphysics and equation-based modeling capabilities of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software are showcased in the ensuing examples.


4:00 p.m.
Break
4:15 p.m.
Minicourses
  • The COMSOL Multiphysics® software can perform truly bidirectional fluid-structure interaction simulations where viscous and pressure forces act on an elastic structure and structural velocity forces act back on the fluid. Attend this minicourse to learn about the ready-made physics interface that is available for this important multiphysics application.


  • When presenting your results, the quality of the postprocessing will determine the impact of your presentation. This minicourse will thoroughly explore the many tools in the Results node designed to make your data look its best, including mirroring, revolving symmetric data, cut planes, cut lines, exporting data, joining or comparing multiple data sets, as well as animations.


  • Solving large and complex finite element models can take significant time and computational resources. In this minicourse, we will address the modeling techniques that you should be aware of and then go into the choice of solvers for large models. We will cover the differences between the various solvers in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software in terms of their time and memory usage. Additonally, solver performance is inextricably linked to computer architecture. This course will cover how factors such as memory bandwidth, processor speed, and architecture address solution times.


  • COMSOL Multiphysics® gives you precise control over the way in which your multiphysics models are solved. It also includes a set of powerful implicit time-stepping algorithms for fast and accurate solutions to transient models. In this minicourse, we will cover the fundamental numerical techniques and underlying algorithms used for steady-state models and explain the reasons behind the default solver settings. Building upon this knowledge, you will learn various techniques for achieving or accelerating convergence of nonlinear multiphysics models. You will also learn how to pick a solver based on the problem at hand, measure and control computational error, as well as check convergence and other salient issues in time-dependent analyses using the finite element method.


  • Looking to increase your productivity when using the COMSOL® software? From setting up to postprocessing your COMSOL models, this session will showcase time-saving techniques. Regardless of your engineering field, following best practices will help you get the most out of your modeling efforts, efficiently.


Conference Venue

ITC Gardenia

1, Residency Road, Shanthala Nagar,
Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru,
Karnataka 560025

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Transportation

From Kempegowda International Airport

The hotel is 39 km from the International Airport. You could take either an airport taxi or an app-based taxi to the conference venue. Taxis are readily available outside the Arrivals terminal and do not require advance booking. The approximate ride fare would be ₹900. Alternatively, you can take a bus service, KIAS 5 or KIAS 7, and stop at the Richmond Circle bus stop or the Mallaya Hospital bus stop for the respective routes. The hotel is about 700 m and 400 m from the respective bus stops.

From Bangalore City Railway Station

The hotel is 5 km from the Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station (Bangalore City Railway Station). You could take an app-based taxi or an auto rickshaw to the conference venue. Taxis are readily available outside and do not require advance booking. There are multiple buses from the Majestic Bus stand (opposite the railway station) to the hotel, please click here to find a suitable bus route.

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We recommend that conference attendees stay at the conference venue, the ITC Gardenia. During the conference, lunch and refreshments are included both days. On August 9, COMSOL will also host a gala dinner at the conference venue. There is free parking for conference attendees.

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