October 2-4

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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.
  • 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.

  • Get an overview of the general functionality for laminar flow in the CFD Module, followed by a detailed description of the functionality added with the Microfluidics Module. The Microfluidics Module 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.
  • By Veryst Engineering

    At Veryst, we use a wide range of tools in addition to computational simulations to solve our clients’ engineering problems. We often use analytical derivations, material testing and model calibrations, custom programming and scripting, failure analysis, and experimental testing of products. In this presentation, we will work through several real-world engineering case studies where we combined the power of COMSOL Multiphysics® with several of the aforementioned tools. The examples will include using the PolyUMod® library to capture nonlinear viscoplastic effects, using dimensional analysis to identify key design parameters in a microfluidics problem, and modeling and testing of mechanical wear in braking systems.

    PolyUMod is a registered trademark of Veryst Engineering, LLC.

  • 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.

  • 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.

12 p.m.
1 p.m.
Demo Stations, Exhibition, and Poster Session Open
1 p.m.
Minicourses and Panel Discussion
  • 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.


    Ulf Olin, COMSOL

    Ulf Olin

    Ulf Olin is a product specialist within the electromagnetics group at COMSOL. Before joining COMSOL in 2011, he worked in optics research at the Institute of Optical Research in Stockholm and in optics and fiber optics research for various companies. He is also an associate professor (docent) of physics at KTH in Stockholm.


    Bill Henshaw, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Bill Henshaw is the Margaret A. Darrin Distinguished Professor in Applied Mathematics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has worked on the development of algorithms for the solution of PDEs on overlapping grids, including the development of adaptive mesh refinement methods, multigrid algorithms, grid generation algorithms, moving grid techniques, multidomain methods for conjugate heat transfer and fluid-structure interactions, as well as high-order accurate methods for incompressible flows and Maxwell's equations. Bill is the primary developer of Overture, an object-oriented framework for the solution of PDEs on overlapping grids.

    Alexander Kildishev, Purdue University

    Alexander Kildishev is an associate professor at the Birck Nanotechnology Center, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University. Prof. Kildishev belongs to a handful of world-leading experts in the field of numerical modeling of nanophotonic structures and devices in actual (real-life) environments. He has had a number of breakthrough results on negative-refractive-index metamaterials, optical artificial magnetic structures, loss compensation in metamaterials, plasmonic nanolasers, and optical metasurfaces as well as in the theory and numerical modeling of optical cloaks and hyperlenses. His publications (current h-factor WEB of Science 50, Google Scholar 60) include 6 book chapters and more than 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals, with more than 15,000 citations. He is a coinventor of 14 issued and pending patents (7 U.S. patents) and a coauthor of 11 online software simulation tools. The impact of his work is illustrated by the online resource, where a set of modeling tools for nanophotonics developed by his group has served more than 3000 users worldwide. Alexander has successfully employed the COMSOL Multiphysics® software in his research for more than 10 years.

    Nathaniel Kinsey, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Nate received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2011, graduating magna cum laude. He followed with his master's of science from the University of Missouri in 2012, where he researched optically activated solid-state switches for high-energy RF systems. Following, Nate moved to Purdue University to pursue his PhD, where he has researched nonlinear optics, integrated nanophotonics, and plasmonics.

    During his time at Purdue, Nate has received several awards for his research contributions, including the Meissner Fellowship, the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, and the College ofEngineering Outstanding Graduate Research Award.

    In the fall of 2016, Nate joined Virginia Commonwealth University as an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, where he intends to continue his studies of nanophotonics, nonlinear optics, and plasmonics while exploring their applications in new areas of technology.

    Ludmila Prokopeva, Purdue University

    Ludmila J. Prokopeva received her BS and MS degrees from Novosibirsk State University, Russia, in 2004 and 2006. In 2011, she received her PhD in mathematical modeling, numerical methods, and software from the Institute of Computational Technologies, Novosibirsk, Russia. She completed her first postdoctoral training at the Birck Nanotechnology Center, School of ECE, Purdue University, in 2014. In 2015–2016, she worked as a senior research scientist at Novosibirsk State University, Russia. Since 2016, she has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Dr. Prokopeva’s research is focused on the theory and numerical modeling of computational nanophotonics, which includes advanced high-performance computing (HPC) code development for multiphysics simulations of nanophotonic and optoelectronic devices, optical metamaterials, and metasurfaces.

    Xingjie Ni, Pennsylvania State University

    Dr. Xingjie Ni is the Charles H. Fetter Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, held since 2015. He is also a faculty member of the Materials Research Institute (MRI) at Penn State. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley. He received his BS degree in engineering physics in 2005 and his MS degree in automation in 2007 from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He completed his PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University in 2012. His research interests are in nanophotonic materials and devices, which encompass metamaterials, integrated photonics, photonic sensors, nonlinear optics, photovoltaics, and quantum optics. Dr. Ni is one of the five inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows. He also received the NASA Early Career Faculty Award in 2017, Sony Faculty Innovation Award in 2018, and 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award in 2019.

  • By SmartUQ

    Advancements in and the rapid proliferation of modeling and simulation have led to new technologies such as digital twins and have given engineers a “data-rich” environment for conducting predictive analytics. However, simulations are a deterministic analysis, failing to consider real-world variability and uncertainties surrounding the simulation process. By accounting for the uncertainties in their simulation models, engineers can develop an accurate predictive model, enabling the performance of advanced analytics, including uncertainty quantification (UQ), design space exploration, trade studies, and predictive maintenance. These predictive capabilities can significantly reduce product development, warranty, and sustainment costs and improve product reliability and durability.

    This workshop will show how SmartUQ software can enhance product development and design exploration activities in COMSOL Multiphysics® through the application of predictive analytics and UQ techniques. Using a NACA airfoil CFD simulation and a microwave ablation simulation to demonstrate, this workshop will walk through SmartUQ’s analytics workflow coupled to COMSOL Multiphysics®. The workshop will also highlight additional applications of SmartUQ for other COMSOL® software simulations.

  • 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.

  • Learn how to efficiently simulate incompressible and compressible turbulent flows. The CFD Module allows for accurate multiphysics flow simulations, such as conjugate heat transfer with nonisothermal flow and fluid-structure interactions. Physics interfaces for simulating high Mach number flow, flow in porous media, thin-film flow, and flow in stirred vessels with rotating parts will also be presented. This is followed by a description of the different turbulence models and their applicability to various types of flow problems.

  • 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.

2 p.m.
Coffee Break
2:30 p.m.
Keynote Session
3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
4 p.m.
Minicourses and Panel Discussion
  • 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.


    Veryst Engineering


    Nagi Elabbasi, Veryst Engineering

    Nagi Elabbasi, Veryst Engineering

    Dr. Nagi Elabbasi is a principal engineer at Veryst Engineering, LLC, and his main area of expertise is modeling multiphysics systems. Dr. Elabbasi has extensive experience in simulating structural mechanics, CFD, heat transfer, acoustics, and coupled systems, including FSI, conjugate heat transfer, and structural-acoustic coupling. Prior to joining Veryst, he worked for nine years in finite element software development. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto.


    Sarah Heile, Bose

    Sarah Heile wants to live in a world where there’s never a shortage of books to read, time to travel, or RAM for her computer models.

    With a BS in physics (’99) and a BA in music literature and performance, voice (’99) from Northeastern University in Boston, she joined the Bose Corporation in June 2000 as a research engineer. She has contributed to numerous internal research projects and several products including VideoWave™, RoomMatch™, and ShowMatch™. She is one of the patent holders for “Narrow Mouth Horn Loudspeakers” and “Asymmetric Microphone Array for Speaker System”.

    When she’s not maxing out the server with the latest acoustic model, you can find her working on her master's thesis for an MEng in acoustics from Penn State, traveling somewhere new, or singing with the Jameson Singers.

    Learn more about Bose at; the PSU Acoustics Distance Education program at; and the Jameson Singers at

    Jin Liu, Carrier

    Jin Liu is an acoustical engineer for the RD&E strategy/program office at Carrier Corporation. She received a PhD in acoustics from Penn State University. Her specializations are in thermoacoustics, viscous porous material and heat transfer behaviors under oscillating flow, and wave propagating and acoustic–structure interactions for noise control.

    Mads Jensen, COMSOL
    Andri Bezzola, Samsung Research America

  • By TotalCAE

    Learn how companies are adopting the latest trends in high-performance private and public cloud computing to accelerate COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations. Several customer case studies will be presented to show real-world solutions.

  • 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.

  • 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 addresses the various multiphase modeling approaches that are available with the COMSOL Multiphysics® product suite, including two-phase flow using the level set and phase field methods, two-phase flow with a moving mesh approach, three-phase flow with the phase field method, bubbly flow, mixture model flow, Euler–Euler flow, and phase transport.

5 p.m.
Tech Briefs Cocktail Reception
6:15 p.m.
Explore Boston
  • Hop aboard the Majesty charter vessel for a relaxing 1-hour cruise through Boston Harbor. Catch picture-perfect views of Boston’s skyline, cruise past the site of the Boston Tea Party, and learn about the city's remarkable history from an onboard guide.

    Please note: This 1-hour cruise is optional. After the tour, you will have the option to explore Boston on your own or enjoy one of the many restaurants in the Seaport District.

8 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
9 a.m.
  • By Rescale

    Advancements in multiphysics simulations and applications allow engineers to solve more complex engineering problems faster. A high-end workstation is no longer sufficient to solve simulations in a timely manner.

    High-performance computing on the cloud offers a variety of advantages to simulation engineers. Benefits include providing instantly scalable computing resources, an integrated environment with COMSOL Multiphysics® and COMSOL Server™, and fully automated deployment tools. Imagine the engineering challenges you could solve with unlimited cloud HPC resources?

    In this workshop, we will discuss how engineers and scientists are overcoming the constraints of traditional engineering resources and processes by deploying multiphysics simulations and applications to the cloud. This will be followed by a hands-on training and demo session. You will have the opportunity to test drive your COMSOL Multiphysics® model on Rescale’s ScaleX cloud HPC platform.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.


    Jeff Crompton, AltaSim Technologies

    Jeff Crompton

    Jeff Crompton is a principal and cofounder of AltaSim Technologies. He has developed technologies for use in the medical, automotive, and aerospace industries. Jeff has also led technology developments in advanced materials, engineering design, and computational analysis.


    Paul Belk, Boston Scientific Corporation

    Paul Belk has a PhD in medical physics and is a fellow in process engineering at Boston Scientific Corporation, where he works on the development of diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices. He has been utilizing simulation of all types for more than 20 years as an integral part of the research and development process. For the past six years, he has been using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software (whenever he gets a chance) to study problems such as heat transfer and fluid dynamics in tissue, field distributions, and electrochemical processes at metal surfaces.

    David Gross, MED Institute

    David Gross currently manages the MRI safety evaluations group and computational modeling and simulation (CM&S) group at MED Institute, Inc., a medical device consulting company. He graduated from Purdue University with a BS in biomedical engineering and MSE in interdisciplinary engineering. He also holds MS and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering from Ohio State University and is a licensed professional engineer.

    Edwin Lok, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School

    Edwin Lok is a dedicated clinical Radiation Oncology Physicist employed by US Oncology. He provides clinical care services at Signature Healthcare Radiation Oncology of Brockton by day and is an enthusiastic research coinvestigator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston by night. Bridging the engineering and healthcare disciplines has always been at the forefront of his special academic and practical interest. Edwin has published a number of peer-reviewed scientific studies primarily on the multiphysics modeling of a novel tumor-treating device used for the treatment of glioblastoma, the highest grade of brain tumors with the lowest survival rate. He is currently a user of COMSOL Multiphysics®, particularly with the AC/DC Module, as well as partnering software such as ScanIP by Simpleware/Synopsis. Other works include various retrospective studies on patient survival with metastatic melanoma, and breast cancer with brain metastases using cytokine and chemokine profiling within human cerebrospinal fluid. Motivated by current advances in science, Edwin continues to commit his efforts to learn and contribute where possible to promote a better understanding of relevant hot topics related to his primary interests.

    Fabrice Schlegel, Amgen

    Fabrice Schlegel, PhD, is a mechanical engineer relying on first principles to understand and solve engineering problems, especially those involving fluid flow, heat transfer, and mass transport. Fabrice has a master's in applied mathematics and scientific computing from the MATMECA Engineering School, Bordeaux, France, and a master's and PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT. Before joining Amgen, Fabrice was an applications engineer and team leader at COMSOL, Inc. As part of the Digital Integration and Predictive Technologies (DIPT) team at Amgen, he drives the development and deployment of computational models across the product life cycle to achieve the best patient experience. Fabrice has managed and completed several key projects with process development, spanning the spectrum of the drug substance, drug product, and device and development supply chain verticals.

    Eric Wong, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


    • AC/DC Modeling
    • CFD and Transport Phenomena
    • Chemical Engineering 1
    • Electromagnetics in the Medical Field
    • Heat Transfer
    • Structural Mechanics
    • Tools for Optimizing Simulations & Streamlining Workflow

12 p.m.
1 p.m.
User Presentations
2:30 p.m.
Coffee break Sponsored by Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

3 p.m.
Keynote Session
  • Karen Thomas-Alyea, Lockheed Martin
  • Danick Gallant, National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
  • Sam Zhang, Analog Devices, Inc.
  • View Keynote Abstracts
4:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
5 p.m.
  • By AltaSim Technologies

    This course is designed for anyone interested in obtaining a better understanding of how best to analyze complex multiphysics problems using COMSOL Multiphysics®. AltaSim will provide recommendations for best practices for the selection of appropriate multiphysics analyses with sequentially or intimately coupled analyses and selection of the required solver settings to optimize the use of available computational resources.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Poster Presentation Session
7 p.m.
Gala Dinner
7:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
8 a.m.
  • 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.
  • By System Insight Engineering

    Computational modeling and simulation (CM&S) has been more widely adopted as valid scientific evidence for medical device regulatory submissions over the last few years, in part due to the development of guidance and standards to facilitate the design of simulation efforts. In this workshop, we will introduce the FDA’s guidance document “Reporting of Computational Modeling Studies in Medical Device Submissions” and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) V&V 40 Standard “Assessing Credibility of Computational Modeling through Verification and Validation: Application to Medical Devices”, and lead a discussion on how to approach CM&S for medical devices.

  • 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.

  • Learn how to customize your Model Builder workflow by creating your own Settings windows. Using the Application Builder, you can create settings forms and methods with specialized functionality that can affect any part of the model tree. This session also covers how to make custom functionality available to others in your organization.

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.


    Phil Kinnane

    Phil Kinnane

    Phil Kinnane is the VP of sales at COMSOL, Inc. He has previously worked within the Business Development, Operations, and Marketing departments. Phil has 20 years of experience with modeling and simulation for all fields of engineering. He earned his PhD in electrochemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.


    Joe Pramberger, Tech Briefs Media Group

    Joe Pramberger is President of Tech Briefs Media Group, a New York-based media company that specializes in information products for the engineering and scientific communities. Joe has more than 30 years experience in publishing high-tech magazines and newsletters in a wide range of fields including aerospace, automotive, and medical. He has served as editor and now publisher of Tech Briefs, the world's largest-circulation engineering magazine, for which he has won awards from NASA.

    Vasu Venkateshwaran, W. L. Gore and Associates

    I am a member of the theory, modeling, and simulation team at W. L. Gore and Associates, where I develop mathematical models and simulation/optimization tools to meet a variety of technology R&D needs. Previously, I was a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where I was using the methods of statistical thermodynamics, molecular simulations, and free-energy calculations to study condensed matter systems; specifically, interactions between ions, small molecules, proteins, and model polymers in aqueous interfacial systems. I have experience in developing multiscale mathematical models, statistical analysis of large datasets, and use of high-performance computing platforms. I have also developed computational platforms and pipelines for deployment of the simulation and data analysis tools I create as web applications.

    Brett Austin, Viega

    Brett Austin is the manager of design services at Viega, where he began his engineering career in 2009. During his time with Viega, Brett has worked on thousands of radiant heating, cooling, and snow melting designs, totaling more than 20 million square feet, ranging from residential bathroom remodels to high-performance commercial buildings. Brett's experience with finite element analysis has been key to the success of the engineering team at Viega. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire and is a United States Marine Corps veteran.

12 p.m.
1 p.m.
Demo Stations, Exhibition, and Poster Session Close
1:30 p.m.
  • 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 the discontinuous Galerkin (dG), Time Explicit approach to modeling transient linear elastic and acoustics phenomena in acoustically large computational domains. The course gives an overview of the dG-based physics interfaces available in the Acoustics Module and applications in which their use is beneficial, including ultrasound transducers, nondestructive testing, and geophysics.

    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-physics and coupled linear elastic/acoustics 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

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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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