Archived COMSOL Conference 2020


Want to see firsthand how industry experts are using multiphysics modeling to innovate? Join us for the virtual keynote talks during the COMSOL Conference 2020 Europe. After each talk, you have the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers about their presentations. The online Keynote session also features a sneak preview of the latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics®.

Keynote Speakers

Svante Littmarck Svante Littmarck COMSOL October 14, 4:15 p.m.
About the Speaker

Svante Littmarck is the president and CEO of COMSOL, Inc. He cofounded the COMSOL Group in 1986. In 2004, Littmarck received an honorary doctoral degree from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, for the development and international reach of high-quality software for scientific computations through his company COMSOL.

Shafigh Nategh Shafigh Nategh ABB October 14, 12 p.m.
Shafigh Nategh Jahirul Islam ABB October 14, 12 p.m.
Challenges and Trends in Tool Development for E-mobility and Rail Applications

Today’s competitive market for high-performance, energy efficient and low-cost products in E-mobility and rail segments has raised the need for traction motors which are well optimized in design phase. Using standard tools considering the traction motor complexity, the performance requirements, and the level of accuracy needed for these market segments is not always enough and some level of tool development and customization is required. In the study done on development of thermal models for traction motors in COMSOL Multiphysics, a high level of accuracy and short calculation time was achieved enabling estimation of traction motors critical parts temperature. Additionally, user-friendly applications were developed providing the possibility to use the tool with any level of expertise.

Shafigh Nategh

Shafigh Nategh (Senior Member, IEEE) was born in 1984. He received the Ph.D. degree in electric power engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 2013. He was a Visiting Scholar with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA, from 2012 to 2013. From 2013 to 2015, he was a Lead Designer of PM machines for marine segment with Rolls-Royce Group, Trondheim, Norway. He continued his career as a Designer of traction motors for railway applications with Bombardier Transportation, Västerås, Sweden, from 2015 to 2018. From 2017 to 2018, he was a Guest Researcher with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently an R&D Senior Engineer and also a Project Leader with the Traction Department, ABB AB, Västerås, Sweden. He also holds a position as an Adjunct Associate Professor with Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. He was/is a technical track co-chair of IEMDC 2019, San Diego, USA, and ICEM 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden. His research interests include different aspects of electromagnetic, thermal, and insulation design of traction motors in marine, aerospace, railway, and e-mobility applications.

Jahirul Islam

Jahirul Islam received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh in 2002. He received the M.Sc. (Technology) and D.Sc. (Technology) degree from Helsinki University of Technology (HUT) in 2005 and 2010 respectively. He has been working as a  Senior Scientist in ABB Corporate Research Centre, Västerås, Sweden since 2009.

Nicolò Vasile Nicolò Vasile Italian Institute of Technology October 14, 12:25 p.m.
Multiscale modeling of two-phase bioreactors for CO2 assimilation: developing new reactor design through a multi-physics approach to analyze and improve the bioprocess performance

Nicolò S. Vasile, Ing, PhD, is a scientific researcher. In 2012 he obtained a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering and in 2017 he got a PhD in Chemical Engineering, both at Politecnico di Torino. From 2013 to 2016 he cooperated with the Department of Applied Science and Technology at Politecnico di Torino in different research activities and scientific projects. His experience includes multiscale modelling of renewable energy systems and industrial process design. Currently he is part of the Italian Institute of Technology, and he is involved in the Synthetic Biology group. His research work involves multi-physics modelling of industrial processes, in terms of thermo-fluid-dynamic, design of reactors and plant design, used for the sustainable production of chemicals, materials, refuse derived fuels and renewable energy sources from CO2 reduction by bacteria.

Jeroen van Duivenbode Jeroen van Duivenbode ASML October 14, 2:30 p.m.
High voltage and charge leak

High voltage is an enabling technology finding many applications outside the realm of power distribution, including high precision mechatronics and imaging. Understanding static and transitional electric fields is key and the foundation to dive into the many types of charge leakage that compete to limit product life time and performance, under both atmospheric and vacuum operational conditions. Jeroen van Duivenbode will illustrate this playing field with practical examples.

Delft University M.Sc. degree on power electronics and avionics. With a background in space engineering in Toulouse, France and Oslo area, Norway, employed since 1998 by ASML in the Netherlands, supplier of lithography machines for the microchip industry, as group leader, project leader and competence leader, on products ranging from sensors to power amplifiers and electrostatic clamps. Appointed "TUe Fellow" at Technical University of Eindhoven in 2014, lecturing on special topics and supervising PhD, PDEng and MSc students.

Nicolò Vasile Maartje van Leuven XCMG European Research Center GmbH October 14, 2:30 p.m.
Deformation of a hydraulic manifold due to preloads and operating loads and its effect on the valve spool fit size

In a hydraulic manifold for construction machinery, spool valves are used to control the movement of the machine. Spool valves have two elements: a cylindrical barrel hole (1) in which a spool (2) slides. By moving the spool in the barrel hole, apertures open and close which enables the control of the connected hydraulics.

To achieve the best control and stability, the fit between the valve spool and the barrel hole is important. Too much clearance will cause unnecessary leakage. Too little, and a spool which moved perfectly during assembly will seize later due to deformation of the bore under the acting loads.

In order to gain deeper understanding of the deformation of the barrel holes due to preloads and operating loads, simulations using COMSOL Multiphysics play an important role.

Maartje van Leuven is Development engineer at XCMG European Research Center GmbH. She has a Bachelor of Engineering and works on simulations for construction machinery.

Damien Isebe Damien Isebe Horiba Medical October 15, 12 p.m.
Multiphysics Simulation to support R&D into new hematology devices

Recent haematological market trends led biomedical industrial actors to develop new, innovative diagnostic solutions to stay ahead of the game and remain competitive. In practice, usage constraints such as, the high throughput and the complete automation of the diagnostic, and the accuracy required, generate very complex multi-physical conditions within various parts of the analysers. In order to continuously develop even higher performance products, COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations are performed as a complement to experimental approaches. CFD, Heat Transfer, AC/DC and Microfuidics modules are used to better understand the physical phenomena related to the architecture of systems and their geometries, with a goal of obtaining optimal design and performance. Some specific studies will be presented and discussed. Moreover, dedicated applications (developed with Application Builder and COMSOL Compiler) have been recently made available directly on workstations, enabling parameter adjustments of models until the required results are achieved. This aims to make engineers and integrators increasingly autonomous in using modelling and simulations to develop new prototypes.

Damien ISEBE is currently Innovation Project Manager at HORIBA Medical (HM). He received his PhD in applied mathematics, specialized in numerical simulation and global optimisation. His field of competences focus initially on Computational Fluid Dynamics. At HM, he broadened his skills to complex muti-physics problems, including fluidstructure interactions, biomedical modelling or hemodynamics.

Stacie Mark Tibos Stacie Mark Tibos PepsiCo October 15, 12 p.m.
Simulation Democratization using PepsiCo's Virtual Lab

Democratization plays a pivotal role in PepsiCo's Digital Transformation. Maximising the number of associates able to leverage the power of modelling and simulation is the most effective way to generate business value from these tools. PepsiCo are building a "virtual lab" that utilises the COMSOL App platform. An overview of the first Apps within PepsiCo's "virtual lab" is presented and a brief roadmap of where PepsiCo are taking this capability is also shown.

Stacie Tibos is an Associate Principal Engineer at PepsiCo International based at their Global R&D centre at Beaumont Park, Leicester. Stacie is leading the computational modelling and simulation agenda at Beaumont Park and other PepsiCo European sites. He previously worked in the Power Industry and spent 9 years working at General Electric and Alstom Power before joining PepsiCo back in the summer of 2017. Stacie holds a PhD from Cranfield University and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Stacie is a member of the Process Division Board and Food and Drink Engineering Technical Committee of the IMechE and sits on the Advisory Board for the Newton Gateway to Mathematics at Cambridge University.