COMSOL CONFERENCE 2019 BOSTON

October 2-4

COMSOL Conference Boston 2019

You are invited to attend the COMSOL Conference 2019 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 offer everything from inspiring keynotes by industry leaders to 1-on-1 discussion with application engineers and developers. You can customize the program to your 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 applications for your team or organization
  • Draw inspiration for your next design innovation from leaders in multiphysics simulation

Schedule October 2-4

8 a.m.
Registration Opens
9 a.m.
Welcome to the COMSOL Conference
9:30 a.m.
Minicourses
  • 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.


  • This minicourse is for those who are just starting out with COMSOL Multiphysics® or want a refresher on the graphical user interface (GUI) and modeling workflow. During this session, the fundamentals of using the COMSOL® software will be demonstrated.


  • In this minicourse, we will cover the Microfluidics Module, which features custom interfaces for the simulation of microfluidic devices. Single-phase flow capabilities include both Newtonian and non-Newtonian flow. Beyond the single-phase flow capabilities, the Microfluidics 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.


  • This course is designed for anyone interested in heat transfer modeling. It gives an overview of the modeling capabilities for heat transfer, from the simplest cases (e.g., conduction in solids with a prescribed temperature) to the most advanced (e.g., conjugate heat transfer in the turbulent regime). The session provides several tips to run heat transfer simulations successfully. Different modeling approaches will be compared, with a particular focus on the performances and the corresponding validity of the hypotheses.


  • In this minicourse, you will learn different approaches for modeling layered shells in COMSOL Multiphysics®. The Layered Shell interface will be covered in detail, including the modeling of delamination. You will also learn how to extract homogenized material properties from a micromechanical model using a representative volume element approach. Finally, the analysis of multiphysics problems in layered shells will be discussed.


10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
11 a.m.
Svante Littmarck, COMSOL
12 p.m.
Lunch
1 p.m.
Demo Stations, Exhibition, and Poster Session Open
1 p.m.
Minicourses and Panel Discussion
  • Attend this minicourse to learn about the tools for generating geometry with COMSOL Multiphysics®. We will cover how to efficiently build geometry that can be parameterized and look into more advanced techniques; for example, how to create a geometry from simulation results. Generating a geometry also involves 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 discuss different examples in order to help identify cases where thermal radiation has to be accounted for. Then, we will present the different physics interfaces for radiation modeling. Surface-to-surface radiation modeling capabilities will be described in detail. In particular, the options to define gray radiation and multiple spectral bands will be explored. The different types of surfaces (diffuse, specular, and semitransparent) will be presented as well.


  • Many different physical phenomena are coupled to the deformation of solids. In this minicourse, you will get an overview of how to model fluid-structure interaction, thermal stresses and thermoelastic damping, electromechanical forces, magnetostriction, piezoelectricity, poroelasticity, and acoustic-structure interaction. The built-in multiphysics couplings are highlighted, together with examples of how to create your own couplings.


  • Modeling and simulation are instrumental for developing and researching optical and photonic components and systems. New concepts, like metamaterials, transformation optics, and plasmonics, paired with new advanced numerical techniques, allows research of new intriguing concepts like invisibility cloaking, but also the design of more compact and performing optical systems and components. The applications are ranging from imaging and sensing in consumer electronics, biotechnology and medicine to information processing in communication systems. In this session, we will discuss current trends, ideas, and challenges for modeling wave optics, often on a subwavelength scale, and ray optics phenomena and applications both using frequency- and time-domain techniques.


2 p.m.
Coffee Break
2:30 p.m.
Minicourses and Panel Discussion
  • This minicourse will give an overview of the different methods of deployment you can use to spread the use of simulation in your organization and to your customers through apps created with the Application Builder in COMSOL Multiphysics®. Learn how to create standalone apps using COMSOL Compiler™ as well as deploying apps using COMSOL Server™. The mincourse will cover working with the COMSOL Server™ administration web page, managing user accounts and privileges, uploading and managing apps, monitoring app usage, and configuring system-level settings.


  • This minicourse gives you a top-down view of the most important solver methods for multiphysics problems when using the finite element method with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Similarities and differences between stationary and time-dependent problems will be highlighted. Important fundamentals about robustness and simulation speed will be discussed.


  • In this minicourse, we will address the modeling of resistive, capacitive, and inductive devices with the AC/DC Module. The calculation of electric fields under steady-state, transient, and frequency-domain conditions will be covered, as well as the extraction of lumped parameters such as resistance and capacitance. When magnetic fields are considered as well, inductive properties become important. 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, inductors, transformers, motors, and generators.


  • Lagrangian particle tracking is often used as a complement to Eulerian methods that solve for fluid flow fields. In this course, we will explain how to use the Particle Tracing Module to predict the motion of solid particles, droplets, and bubbles in a surrounding fluid. We will outline some of the myriad built-in forces included in the Particle Tracing for Fluid Flow interface, including lift, drag, electromagnetic, thermophoretic, and acoustophoretic forces. You will also learn how to accurately model particle dispersion in a turbulent flow.


3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
4 p.m.
Minicourses and Panel Discussion
  • 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.


  • Multiphase Flows
  • Changes in the temperature of a material can lead to a change in material phase, from solid to liquid to gas. The evaporation and condensation of water are very common cases of phase change. This minicourse will introduce you to moisture transport and the various types of phase change modeling that can be done with COMSOL Multiphysics® and the Heat Transfer Module. We will address the relative merits and tradeoffs between these techniques.


  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to model problems within the field of structural dynamics. The course covers eigenfrequency analysis, frequency-domain analysis, time-domain analysis, and modal superposition. You will learn how to select appropriate and efficient methods. Damping models, nonlinearities, linearization, and prestressed analysis are other important topics. You will also get a brief overview of the Multibody Dynamics Module and Rotordynamics Module.


  • Devices and components that involve sound are widely used in a range of applications, including loudspeakers and microphones in smart devices, sound reproduction in rooms, and sound attenuation in muffler systems. In all of these classical acoustics applications, multiphysics modeling is the key to producing realistic simulation results. Examples include the influence of flow on the acoustic performance of a muffler, the use of metamaterials to optimize sound insulation and sound control in concert halls, and the investigation of nonlinear phenomena in miniature acoustic devices. Attend this panel discussion to gain insight into multiphysics modeling techniques and their importance to simulate novel as well as classical acoustics applications.


5 p.m.
Tech Briefs Cocktail Reception
6:15 p.m.
Explore Boston
8 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
9 a.m.
Minicourses
  • Layered materials are designed to define simple to advanced layered structures that are usually too thin to be explicitly represented in the geometry. Learn how to use the preprocessing tools to define and visualize layer thickness, orientation, and material properties. The layered material functionality is supported for structural mechanics, heat transfer, and electric current simulation. This minicourse will show how to define single-physics and multiphysics models on a layered material and how to use the dedicated postprocessing features, like volume, surface, and through-thickness plots.


  • This minicourse gives you further details of the most important solver methods for multiphysics problems when using the finite element method with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We discuss some methods, like iterative linear solvers, that are of uttermost importance for most 3D simulations.


  • Importing CAD designs often involves modifying the geometry after the import; for example, to remove unwanted details, create additional computational domains, or even restore missing faces. Besides demonstrating the tools for these tasks, this minicourse will also cover best practices for working with imported CAD geometries and how to interface CAD software using the LiveLink™ interface for an efficient optimization of CAD designs.


  • COMSOL Multiphysics® contains a large number of built-in material models for solid materials. In this minicourse, you will get an overview of common material models for metals, elastomers, soils, concrete, and shape memory alloys. Phenomena like plasticity, creep, viscoplasticity, hyperelasticity, and damage will be discussed. You will also learn how to augment the capacity of the program by creating your own material models, either by equation-based modeling or by programming in C-code. Finally, the relation between measurements and material properties will be discussed.


10 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:30 a.m.
User Presentations and Panel Discussion
  • Computer simulation has become an indispensable tool for innovation in biomedical technology. The complexity of the interactions between traditional engineering disciplines and biological systems creates unique multiphysics-based problems. Accurate, predictive solutions can improve understanding of medical device effectiveness as well as the body’s systems and their interactions with medical devices. Accurate computational simulations allow the development of improved product performance, optimized product design and operation, and an efficient mechanism for communication between engineers and clinicians. In recognition of the importance of computational simulation, the FDA now advocates its integration in the regulatory approval stage. Attend this panel discussion to gain insight into the growing role of computational simulation for medical device design, operation, testing, and regulatory approval.


12 p.m.
Lunch
1 p.m.
User Presentations
2:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
3 p.m.
Keynote Session

Danick Gallant - National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

4:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
5 p.m.
Minicourses and Panel Discussion
  • Partial differential equations (PDEs) constitute the mathematical foundation to describe the laws of nature. This minicourse will introduce you to the techniques for constructing your own linear or nonlinear PDE systems. You will also learn how to add ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and algebraic equations to your model.


  • Given a CAD part with a set of parameterized dimensions, you can use the Optimization Module to improve an objective function and consider a set of constraints by changing these dimensions. This type of parametric optimization of CAD dimensions uses an approximate-gradient method. Come learn about the advantages and limitations of this approach, as well as how to efficiently set up and solve such optimization problems.


  • In this minicourse, we will cover the use of the RF Module and Wave Optics 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, periodic structures, and scattering. Then, we will address the coupling of electromagnetic wave simulations to heat transfer, such as in RF heating.


  • Porous media surrounds us. It includes the ground beneath us, paper products, filters, and even biological tissue. In this minicourse, we will explore flow and diffusion in porous media as well as how to treat partially saturated media. We will also cover coupled systems, including linked free and porous flows; poroelasticity; and mass convection-diffusion in forced, gravity-fed, and density-driven flows.


  • 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.


6 p.m.
Poster Presentation Session
7 p.m.
Gala Dinner
7:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
8 a.m.
Minicourses
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • The high-fidelity simulation of optical systems in particularly harsh environments must account for the impact of thermal and structural effects on optical performance. For example, the large temperature changes found in outer space and high-powered laser focusing systems can change the refractive indices due to thermo-optic dispersion. Under extreme conditions, the elements of the optical system may experience significant thermal stress, causing physical deformation and a further degradation of the image quality.

    In this minicourse, you will learn how to use the Ray Optics Module to perform coupled structural-thermal-optical performance (STOP) analyses of optical systems. You will learn how to use COMSOL Multiphysics® to compute temperature and displacement fields using the finite element method (FEM) and then couple these fields to a ray optics simulation using built-in optical dispersion models. The distinction between unidirectional and bidirectional couplings in STOP analysis models will also be explained.


  • 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.


9 a.m.
Coffee Break
9:30 a.m.
Minicourses and Panel Discussion
  • Customizing your Model Builder workflow
  • Shape optimization involves the free-form deformation of your CAD part via the Deformed Geometry interface. It is possible to set up such a deformation with respect to just a few control variables, and use these variables within the gradient-based optimization capabilities of the Optimization Module to quickly come up with improved designs. Often, setting up such a deformation can be quite challenging. Come learn how to efficiently set up and solve such models.


  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to define chemical kinetics, thermodynamic properties, and transport properties for models of reacting systems using the Chemical Reaction Engineering Module. We will address topics including homogeneous and surface reactions, diffusion and convection in diluted and concentrated solutions, thermal effects on transport and reactions, and mass and heat transfer in heterogeneous catalysis.


  • In this minicourse, we will study different classes of problems involving acoustic propagation in fluids and solids, ranging from propagation in large domains, such as rooms or the ocean, to transmission through small perforations, where thermal and viscous losses are important. We also discuss modeling the interaction of elastic waves in solids and pressure waves in fluids (ASI) as well as propagation in moving fluids; that is, convected acoustics or aeroacoustics. You will also learn about recent news and additions to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software relevant to acoustics. Application areas include, but are not limited to, muffler design, sound insulation materials, room and car acoustics, flow meters, and liners.


10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
11 a.m.
Panel Discussion and Awards Ceremony
  • The untapped potential of simulation to service more people and departments is now being realized through simulation applications. In many cases, COMSOL users have taken the lead in the process of “democratizing” simulation in their organization by creating applications for others to use. Enabled by the Application Builder in COMSOL Multiphysics, custom simulation apps are being built for specific tasks which can be picked up by users with no prior experience using simulation software. This panel discussion will share experience from COMSOL users creating and using simulation apps and how COMSOL Compiler and the COMSOL Server products make their applications easily accessible for users anywhere.


12 p.m.
Lunch
1 p.m.
Demo Stations, Exhibition, and Poster Session Close
1:30 p.m.
Minicourses
  • 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.


  • Topology optimization is a method by which you can come up with entirely novel designs. By allowing the material distribution within the modeling domains to be a distributed variable field, you can let the software come up with entirely new designs. Setting up, solving, and interpreting such models requires an understanding of the underlying algorithms. These topics, as well as applicable areas of topology optimization, will be covered.


  • This minicourse will focus on how to interface the MATLAB® and COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Learn how to use MATLAB® as a scripting interface to implement and solve your COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation, export or import your data at the MATLAB® command prompt, and define model properties such as boundary conditions or material definitions within an m-function.


  • In this minicourse, you will learn how 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.


  • This minicourse is focused on the application of discontinuous Galerkin (dG), Time Explicit approach to model transient linear elastic and acoustic phenomena in acoustically large computational domains. The course gives an overview of the dG-based physics interfaces available in the Acoustics Module and the application where their use becomes beneficial. Those include ultrasound transducers, nondestructive testing, geophysics, etc.

    We will discuss the distinctive features of the dG method with respect to discretization, mesh, and solvers. You will learn how to set up single and coupled linear elastic/acoustic models, handle nonconforming meshes and treat material discontinuities.


2:30 p.m.
Conference Ends

Conference Venue

Boston Marriott Newton

2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466
(617)-969-1000

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Transportation

From Boston Logan Airport
Take the Blue Line Inbound from Airport Station to Park Street Station. Take the Green Line D Branch from Park Street Station to Riverside Station. Riverside Station is 2 miles from the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel. Shuttle service is provided by the hotel to the conference.

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We recommend that conference attendees stay at the conference venue, the Boston Marriott Newton. During the conference, all meals and refreshments are provided for you by COMSOL, and all events are conveniently located in the hotel itself. There is free parking for conference attendees. Book by September 13 to receive the discounted room rate of $205/night.

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