October 22-24

COMSOL Conference Bangalore 2018

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 Download the Program
  • Pick up new simulation techniques in a variety of minicourses and workshops Download Minicourse Schedule ⤓
  • 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 October 22-24

Registration Opens, Welcome Coffee
Welcome to the COMSOL Conference
Minicourses and Workshop
  • 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, you will learn about modeling conductive and convective heat transfer with 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • By HP Inc.

    This minicourse will discuss the collaboration between HP and COMSOL in order to provide state-of-the-art workplaces and workflows to end users in multiphysics simulation.

    HP Z Workstations can master very complex data and 3D images as required by the simulation industry. Besides, HP is supporting the newest trends of machine/deep learning and virtual reality. However, HP does not only focus on the hardware but collaborates actively with software vendors to ensure optimized performance. This is why HP is delighted to partner up with COMSOL in order to provide concrete proposals and benchmarking of COMSOL Multiphysics® on selected HP Z Workstations. The minicourse will provide simulation experts with guidance on how to select the best hardware for their purposes and optimize performance.

Welcome Keynote
  • Svante Littmarck, COMSOL, Inc.
Demo Stations, Exhibition, and Poster Session Open
Coffee Break Sponsored By HP

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Keynote Session
  • Drying of Soft Cellular Foods: Multiscale and Conjugate Modeling Perspectives

    In this talk, I will share our latest modeling research on convective drying processes for soft cellular materials, such as fruits. I will show how multiscale modeling from the cellular scale up to the dryer scale can increase our understanding of what changes inside these exciting materials during drying. Furthermore, I will illustrate the importance and impact of a conjugate coupling of the moisture transport in the porous material to that in the turbulent airflow around it. Finally, I will discuss how we use modeling to optimize convective dehydration processes, such as solar and electrohydrodynamic drying.

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  • How Nexans Increases the Cost-Effectiveness of Cable Assets Using Multiphysics Simulation

    Nexans provides an extensive range of cable solutions to worldwide actors of the electricity value chain, from generation to consumption. Recent evolutions in the global electricity market, such as the targets for increasing the share of renewable energy and decreasing energy consumption, require further optimization of cable assets. This talk will present how combining heat transfer, electric field, magnetic field, and fluid dynamics calculations in COMSOL Multiphysics® opens new perspectives to further increase the cost-effectiveness and reliability of complex cable systems.

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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.

  • 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.

  • COMSOL Multiphysics® gives you precise control over the way in which your multiphysics models are solved. 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.

  • 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.

  • Modeling Strategies for Acoustics Simulations

    Mon. Oct 22 16:30-17:30

    Virtual prototypes and digital twins play a major role in the development process across industries. This is also true when dealing with acoustics, from designing audio systems in cars and optimizing miniature transducer performance in mobile devices to designing muffler systems. Common to these applications is the need to use different modeling strategies depending on the frequency range, model size, and details included in the physics used. The integration of simulations and testing is also important.


    • Mads J. Herring Jensen, COMSOL
    • Alfred Svobodnik, President & CEO, MVOID Group (Austria)

    Alfred J. Svobodnik is the president and CEO of the MVOID Group, specializing in providing consulting services and innovative technologies for automotive audio and technical acoustics, as well as the developer of MVOID® (multidisciplinary virtually optimized industrial design) methodology. Svobodnik has worked in audio and acoustic applications for over 25 years. Among others, he is an honorary member of NAFEMS and the chairman of the NAFEMS Multiphysics Working Group as well as the chairman of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Technical Committee for Automotive Audio.


    • Martin Olsen, Harman Lifestyle Audio (Denmark)

    Martin Olsen is employed as principal engineer at Harman International — Lifestyle Audio, where he works in the field of automotive acoustical research and technology. He received his master’s degree in engineering acoustics in 2011 from the Technical University of Denmark, where he addressed the problem of creating individual sound zones in domestic listening spaces. His present research areas include spatial sound field control using arrays of loudspeakers and microphones in the automotive domain, numerical modeling, and virtual acoustics.

    • Roberto Magalotti, Head of Research and Development, B&C Speakers S.p.A. (Italy)

    Roberto Magalotti graduated in physics in 1994, with a thesis on the physical modeling of musical instruments. After working for five years as a designer of professional loudspeaker systems, in 2001, he joined B&C Speakers, where he is currently head of research and development. His interests include the study of nonlinearities in loudspeaker drivers, optimization of magnetic assemblies, and applications of finite element analysis. He teaches courses on loudspeaker technology at the University of Maine, France, and at CESMA, Switzerland. He has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society since 1999.

    • Erwin Kuipers, Senior Acoustic Engineer, Sonova AG, Science & Technology (Switzerland)

    Erwin Kuipers graduated with an MSc in mech. engineering in 1997 at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. After, among others, working for Schindler Elevator Ltd. on mechanical loads, acoustic and vibration, he performed a research project on the measurement of acoustic absorption at the University of Twente. After receiving his PhD, he started in 2014 as a senior acoustic engineer in the Science & Technology department at Sonova AG, Switzerland. There, he deals with numerical and experimental work in acoustics and vibrations related to hearing aids.

Ice Breaker Reception
Registration, Welcome Coffee
Minicourses and Workshop
  • 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.

  • 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, 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 discuss and demonstrate recent additions to the functionality for creating and importing geometry and generating meshes in COMSOL Multiphysics®. We will cover topics such as the automatic removal of small details from geometry, using variable dependent size expressions for mesh generation, defining coordinate systems based on work planes and geometry orientations, setting up selections during the import of printed circuit board geometries, and more.

  • COMSOL Multiphysics® includes a set of powerful implicit time-stepping algorithms for fast and accurate solutions to transient models. In this minicourse, you will 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.

  • Attend this update training minicourse for a roundup of major news for acoustics and structural analysis.

  • 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.

Coffee Break
Keynote Session
  • Modern-Day Audio Systems: Better, Faster, Smaller

    An audio loudspeaker is inherently a multiphysics apparatus: It converts an electrical signal to acoustic waves by moving a structural membrane via an electromechanical voice coil. As the signal travels from the record medium to the human ear, coupled linear as well as nonlinear mechanisms influence the sound quality at every stage. Finite element simulations have become an indispensable tool for the design of high-quality transducers and sound systems under modern-day design and time constraints. I will present several case studies that illustrate how simulation, optimization, and specialized applications are enabling engineers at Samsung to develop world-class audio products.

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  • Multiphysics Eye Modeling as a Tool, from Research to Personalized Ophthalmology

    Kejako, in the field of ophthalmology, merges medical technology (medtech) and engineering expertise to address presbyopia with an antiaging mindset and to treat the gradual loss of visual accommodation. In this presentation, we are thrilled to illustrate our journey. We will show you how multiphysics simulation is a tool for developing an innovative solution and how it will eventually be part of the personalized antiaging solution for providing 20 years of comfortable near vision without reading glasses.

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  • Learn how to use the Particle Tracing Module to compute the paths of ions and electrons in external electric and magnetic fields. The external fields can be entered as expressions or solved for using a different physics interface, then coupled to the Charged Particle Tracing interface. Typical applications include mass spectrometry, accelerator physics, ion optics, and etching. You will learn how to use a probabilistic approach to simulate the collisions between these ions or electrons and a rarefied background gas. We will also discuss the analysis of nonlaminar charged particle beams and self-consistent modeling of bidirectionally coupled particle-field interactions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Optimization Module will take you beyond traditional engineering analysis and into the design process. In this minicourse, you will learn to use gradient-based optimization techniques and constraint equations to define and solve problems in shape, parameter, and topology optimization, as well as inverse modeling. The techniques shown in this minicourse are applicable for almost all types of models.

  • 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.

  • Learn about news for thermal modeling in this update training minicourse. Upgrades of the Heat Transfer Module will be discussed as well as its multiphysics couplings with other modules for electromagnetics, structural, and fluid flow simulation.

  • In this update training minicourse, learn about news for the studies and solvers available in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We will go over upgrades to parametric sweeps, adaptation, model reduction, performance-enhancing functionalities, and more.

Coffee Break
Minicourses and Panel Discussion
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stay current with new modeling capabilities for fluid flow and chemical simulations through this update training minicourse.

  • Power Electromagnetic Systems

    Tue. Oct 23 15:30-16:30

    Simulation and modeling are becoming an integral part of development processes for power electromagnetic systems in the age of sustainable energy resources, electromobility, wireless charging, and the transformation of the electrical grid. Design optimization, protection, and control as well as the thermal management of electromagnetic converters; transducers; filters; and circuit breakers, bearings, and drive systems can benefit massively from the predictive power of multiphysics simulation. In this session, we will discuss current trends and new challenges in modeling EM systems with high voltages, high currents, or high power consumption.


    • Magnus Olsson / COMSOL
    • Jasmin Smajic, Prof. of Electrical Engineering, Leader of the Computational and Applied Electromagnetics Group, University of Applied Sciences in Rapperswil (Switzerland)

    Jasmin Smajic started his career at the ABB Corporate Research Centre in Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland, where he worked on a wide range of projects in the field of computational and applied electromagnetics, such as lightning-impulse modeling and simulation of transformer windings, fast electromagnetic transients in power and distribution transformers, coupled electromagnetic-mechanical and electromagnetic-thermal analysis of transformers and circuit breakers, and very fast electromagnetic transients in gas-insulated switchgears. Since 2007, he has been teaching computational electromagnetics and physical modeling at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, and since 2011, he has been a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Rapperswil, Switzerland. Jasmin Smajic is a member of CIGRE and IEEE, and he has authored over a hundred scientific publications and dozens of patents.


    • Nils Lavesson, ABB Corporate Research (Sweden)

    Nils Lavesson received an MSc degree in engineering physics and a PhD in theoretical physics from Lund University, Lund, Sweden, in 2004 and 2009, respectively. He later joined the Department of High Voltage Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2010, Nils joined ABB Corporate Research in Västerås, Sweden, where he currently holds a position as principal scientist. His research is mainly focused on dielectrics and electrical insulation for high-voltage applications.

    • Eugen Badea, Development Engineer, Turbo-Generator Division, GE Switzerland GmbH (Switzerland)

    Eugene A. Badea received his MS degree in electrical engineering and his PhD in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. He was a senior research scientist for Houston Advanced Research Center, Houston, Texas, from 1990 to 1992. In 1993, he joined the Superconducting Super-Collider National Laboratory as an applications physicist until the project was canceled. After 1994, he worked as a senior research physicist for Sperry-Sun Drilling Services and Halliburton. In between 1999 and 2001, he was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston. Later on, he worked as a principal scientist for PathFinder Energy Services in Houston, Texas, until the end of 2008. He then joined Alstom Schweiz, which later became GE Schweiz, working as a development engineer in the Turbo-Generator Division. Dr. Badea published over 40 papers worldwide, having research interests in computational electromagnetics for geophysical, applied superconductivity, and power systems applications. He has a strong interest in the numerical analysis of multiphysics problems, focusing on the interaction of electromagnetic aspects with the complementary mechanical, thermal, and fluid flow ones.

    • Iker Rodriguez, Development Engineer in the Design Division - ISIS Spallation Neutron Source, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (United Kingdom)

    Iker Rodriguez is a development engineer in the ISIS Design Division at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He holds a PhD in electrical / electromagnetic engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and he has an 11-year background in the design of particle accelerator devices. He started working in industry as an electrical engineer. He has worked in several particle accelerator institutes (CIEMAT, ESS Bilbao), being involved in international projects for CERN and FAIR and specializing in the simulation and design of magnets, pulsed devices, and RF cavities. He has recently completed several projects for the ISIS spallation neutron source.

Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Registration Opens, Welcome Coffee
Minicourses and Panel Discussion
  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This course will introduce some of the most common types of plasmas, including inductively coupled, DC, microwave, and capacitively coupled plasmas. In addition to learning about the differences between each type of discharge, the minicourse will show how to set up a model of a capacitively coupled plasma using a revolutionary new method available in the Plasma Module.

  • Materials Processing and Additive Manufacturing

    Wed. Oct 24 8:30-9:30

    Once an engineering design has been optimized by simulation and modeling, it is typically translated into a real-world object by material processing such as cutting, drilling, welding, texturing, grinding, and polishing as well as printing, sintering or molding. As those methods themselves constitute multiphysics processes, their inclusion in the simulation process brings new opportunities to the optimization of manufacturing. In this session, we will discuss how multiphysics simulation can help address design challenges encountered in materials processing and additive manufacturing.


    • Mats Danielsson/ COMSOL
    • Borja Lazaro Toralles, Physics Modelling Department, the Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd.
    (United Kingdom)

    Borja Lazaro Toralles was awarded his MSc in aerospace vehicle design from Cranfield University and joined the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in the UK in 2013 as part of the Design & Simulation area. Currently, he is the physics modeling technology manager, which spans a broad number of simulation areas, including product design, manufacturing processes like additive manufacturing, and full life asset management and maintenance. The team also supports customers by integrating and programming complex simulation workflows into custom applications. The MTC mission is to bridge the gap between academia and industry and accelerate high-value manufacturing technology innovation, evolution, and adoption.


    • Karl-Heinz Leitz, Corporate Research & Development, Plansee SE (Austria)

    Since 2013, Karl-Heinz Leitz has worked as a calculation engineer at Plansee SE in Reutte, Austria, on the numerical simulation of processes in refractory metal fabrication and processing. He studied physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, with the focus on optics and semiconductor physics. His dissertation in the field of mechanical engineering focused on multiphysical simulation of laser-based manufacturing processes.

    • Iryna Tomashchuk, ICB University of Bourgogne (France)

    Iryna Tomashchuk, born in Ukraine, received her PhD in physics in 2010 from the University of Bourgogne, France. Her thesis was dedicated to the finite element modeling of high-power beam welding of dissimilar metallic materials. Since 2011, she has occupied the position of associate professor in the research team Laser and Materials Treatments at the Laboratory Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne UMR CNRS 6303, University of Bourgogne — Franche-Comté. Her research interests are centered on the numerical modeling of materials processing by laser and on the joining of dissimilar metal combinations, like copper and steel, titanium and steel, and titanium and aluminum, by laser and electron beam welding.

    • Bojan Jokanovic, SGL Carbon (Germany)

    Bojan Jokanović works as an R&D manager in modeling at SGL Carbon, Germany. He obtained a PhD from the Technical University in Clausthal, working on the modeling of the oxidation of coated carbon composites. His main professional interest and specialization is in the field of process modeling and simulation, typically coupling heat and mass transfer, electromagnetism, structural mechanics, and chemical reactions. Besides FEM, he has rich experience in optimization, both of physical and business processes. He has been using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software since 2002.

    • Florian Wirth, ETH Zurich, Institute of Machine Tools and Manufacturing (Switzerland)

    Florian Wirth has been working as a research assistant for five years in the field of additive manufacturing at ETH Zürich. The main research topics were the modeling and the predictive simulation of the laser cladding process. This includes basic research to improve the process understanding, which is especially based on high-speed camera videos that were used to analyze the flow velocity field of the melt pool. Additionally, new measurement methods had to be developed to characterize the applied powder nozzles and the powder material absorptivity.

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Keynote Session
  • Process Simulation at Huntsman Advanced Materials

    Huntsman Advanced Materials is a leading global chemical solutions provider with a long heritage of pioneering technologically advanced epoxy-, acrylic-, and polyurethane-based polymer products. Process simulation is used to support our customers in material selection and to demonstrate opportunities to optimize their production. This presentation provides an overview of how simulation is used to support our customers. Additionally, the presentation discusses how the COMSOL Server™ product was used to make simulation know-how accessible to a large group of people within the company, enhancing their material knowledge and process understanding. COMSOL is a registered trademark of COMSOL AB

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  • Use of the COMSOL Multiphysics® Modules for the Design of the EPFLoop Hyperloop Pod

    The Hyperloop is a concept system targeting passenger transportation, aiming to carry people and goods over dedicated pods running at 1200 km/h in high-vacuum tubes. Within the framework of the SpaceX 2018 Hyperloop pod design competition, the EPFLoop team illustrates how the COMSOL software was a fundamental tool to design the EPFLoop pod prototype. Designing the aeroshell and validating the stability system of the pod, braking system, and carbon fiber components have been just some of the challenging aspects that have been addressed thanks to the coupled add-on modules implemented with COMSOL Multiphysics®.

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  • 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.

  • Learn how to use COMSOL Server™ to deploy apps created with COMSOL Multiphysics® and spread the use of simulation. This minicourse will introduce you to working with the administration web page, managing user accounts and privileges, uploading and managing apps, monitoring usage, and configuring system-level settings.

  • 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.

  • Porous media surrounds us, whether it is the ground beneath us, paper products, filters, or 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.

  • 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.

  • This course builds upon the Solving Larger Models minicourse and addresses how to select hardware for computationally challenging multiphysics models. Solver performance is inextricably linked to computer architecture and this course will cover how factors such as memory bandwidth, processor speed, and architecture address solution times.

Conference Ends

Conference Venue

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Quartier Nord EPFL
Route Louis-Favre 2
1024 Ecublens

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From the center of Lausanne, the M1 metro stops in front of the building and takes only 12 minutes (stop at “EPFL”). The SwissTech Convention Center is located in the north of the EPFL campus.

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For route information, schedule, and tickets, please visit the Swiss Federal Railways website.

BY CAR ......

Motorway vignette (costs CHF 40) is compulsory in Switzerland and is available from gas stations, post offices, and service stations.

Parking options near the venue:

1. EPFL Campus Car Park for CHF 30/day; 6-minute walk to/from the venue.

2. Parking Les Arcades for CHF 30/day in 2-minute walk to/from the venue.


All hotel guests paying the city tax receive the Lausanne Transport Card, which gives them free and unrestricted access to all public transport services in the city and surroundings (bus, train, metro) as well as discounts and advantages from many museums, shops, and other leisure activity providers.


Here is a list of the hotels located next to the SwissTech Convention Center and those close to the central railway station Lausanne. Please use the code "COMSOL 2018" to ensure you get the special reduced conference rates, while booking your room directly at the shown hotel websites.

We recommend booking your accommodation well in advance, as the discount rates and limited number of rooms are subject to availability.

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