October 22-24

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

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

Schedule October 3-5

8 a.m.
Registration Opens
9 a.m.
  • Speaker: Ed Fontes

    In this minicourse, you will learn to build system-level reaction kinetics models together with process models that include effects of mass, momentum, and energy transport using the Chemical Reaction Engineering Module. This course will also address topics including surface reactions, diffusion and convection in diluted and concentrated solutions, thermal effects on reaction chemistry, mass and heat transfer in heterogeneous catalysis, and optimization of yield and throughput.

  • Speaker: Temesgen Kindo

    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.

  • Speaker: Lorant Olasz

    Whether you choose to construct a geometry in the COMSOL Desktop® or to 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 that 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.

  • Speaker: Kiran Uppalapati

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples from electromagnetics and will complement the material covered during the Electromagnetics minicourses.

  • Speaker: Nicolas Huc

    In this minicourse, you will learn about modeling conductive and convective heat transfer with COMSOL Multiphysics®, the Heat Transfer Module, CFD Module, and 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 address natural convection induced by buoyancy forces.

  • By CAEaid, Inc.

    To better optimize the performance and improve the reliability of products, the interaction between heat loads and solid components must be considered in the product design and manufacturing processes. Coupled thermal-mechanical simulation based on the finite element method has been widely applied to integrate heat transfer and structural analysis and provide a more accurate assessment of the interacting physical types in the real conditions.

    COMSOL Multiphysics®, as a general-purpose CAE software platform, can help the user to easily account for multiphysics phenomena and set up coupled simulation models. This workshop will concentrate on coupled thermal-mechanical simulation with COMSOL Multiphysics®. We will discuss the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® for integrating heat transfer and structural analysis, show you how it works with live demos, and answer your questions.

10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
11 a.m.
  • Svante Littmarck, COMSOL, Inc.
12 p.m.
1 p.m.
Demo Stations, Poster Session, Exhibition Open
1:30 p.m.
  • Speaker: Henrik Ekström

    In this minicourse, you will learn to model battery cells with a focus on lithium-ion batteries, including charge transport and electrode reactions, and 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.

  • Speaker: Simon Clucas

    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.

  • Speaker: Siva Sashank Tholeti

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples from heat transfer and will complement the material covered during the Heat Transfer minicourses.

  • Speaker: Jesper Been

    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.

  • Speaker: Henrik Sönnerlind

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

  • Speaker: Jacob Yström

    COMSOL Multiphysics® gives you precise control over the way in which your multiphysics models are solved. In this minicourse, we give a top-down view of studies and solver settings. We will cover the most important numerical methods and underlying algorithms used for steady-state models, and explain the reasons behind the default solver settings. Building upon this knowledge, you will learn useful techniques for achieving or accelerating convergence of nonlinear multiphysics models.

  • By: Synopsys

    This minicourse demonstrates the ease of obtaining high-quality meshes from 3D images for use in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The workflow of processing volume image data (e.g., from MRI, CT, Micro-CT, and FIB-SEM) to create meshes for life sciences, materials, and industrial applications will be outlined and demonstrated. Learn how the robust and automated meshing algorithms can convert multiple segmented regions into multipart, watertight and analysis-ready models in minutes. Also, see the latest image visualization, segmentation, and meshing tools from recent and upcoming releases.

3 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:30 p.m.
  • Speaker: Durk de Vries

    In this minicourse, we will address the modeling of resistive and capacitive devices with the AC/DC Module and discuss the calculation of ion and electron trajectories using the Particle Tracing 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 modeling of resistive heating and sensor design. Additionally, we will discuss the Charged Particle Tracing interface, with applications in mass spectrometry, accelerator physics, ion optics, and etching.

  • Speaker: Siva Sashank Tholeti

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples from fluid flow and will complement the material covered during the CFD minicourses.

  • Speaker: Kateryna Vyshenska

    The Application Builder, included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, allows you to wrap your COMSOL 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.

  • Speaker: Jacob Yström

    This minicourse covers solver convergence termination criteria, scaling, iterative linear solvers, time-step selection, parametric solvers, and how to use the information in the solver log. Although this minicourse is the second in a two-part series, you can easily attend this part 2 without having attended part 1.

  • Speaker: Henrik Sönnerlind

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

  • By: Veryst Engineering

    The nonlinear, strain-rate, and temperature-dependent response of polymers can be accurately captured using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software through the External Material Model interface and the PolyUMod® library. In this workshop, we will demonstrate how the PolyUMod® library can be used to accurately predict the thermomechanical response of different materials. The examples will include all steps from experimental testing to material model calibration to COMSOL simulations.

5 p.m.
Tech Briefs Cocktail Reception
6:15 p.m.
Explore Boston
8 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
  • Speaker: Ed Fontes

    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 capturing 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. We will also discuss the Particle Tracing for Fluid Flow interface, with applications such as dielectrophoretic separation, filtration, erosion, and mixing of inertial particles in fluids.

  • Speaker: Durk de Vries

    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 as well as address motor and generator modeling.

  • Speaker: Harishanker Gajendran

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples from structural mechanics and will complement the material covered during the Structural Mechanics minicourses.

  • Speaker: Nicolas Huc

    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 to model surface-to-surface radiation for gray surfaces or for multiple spectral bands, such as for solar and infrared radiation, for example. 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 the heat transfer models.

  • Speaker: Lorant Olasz

    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.

  • By: Rescale

    In this workshop, we will show you how to run COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations faster on Rescale through a live demo. Learn how to accelerate your COMSOL Multiphysics® workflows and leverage the Rescale cloud computing platform. You can instantly scale out your COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation with the best possible hardware. Through concrete engineering use cases and benchmark results, attendees also learn best practices on how to cost-effectively tap into the power of cloud computing. All attendees of the workshop will receive free Rescale hardware credit to try it yourself.

10 a.m.
Coffee Break
12 p.m.
User Presentations and Panel Discussions
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics 1
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Optics, Photonics, and Semiconductors
  • Electromagnetics
  • MEMS and Nanotechnology 1
  • Sponsored By: Synopsys

    Synopsys Logo

    Session Chair:
    Kyle Koppenhoefer, AltaSim Technologies

    Paul Belk, Abbott
    Steven Conrad, Louisiana State University
    Freddy Hansen, Abbott
    Nico Huc, COMSOL

2:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
User Presentations and Panel Discussions
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics 2
  • Biomedical
  • Heat Transfer
  • Structural Mechanics
  • MEMS and Nanotechnology 2
  • Sponsored By: Klipsch

    Klipsch Logo

    Session Chair:
    Nagi Elabbasi, Veryst Engineering

    Riccardo Balistreri, Klipsch Group
    Richard Little, Sonos
    Kedar Chitale, FloDesign Sonics
    Gokhan Hatipoglu, Akustica
    Mads Jensen, COMSOL

4:15 p.m.
Coffee Break
4:30 p.m.
  • Speaker: Mads Jensen

    Acoustic pressure waves in fluids such as air or water interact with surrounding structures resulting in vibrations in solids and absorption in porous materials. Furthermore, in narrow structures, thermal and viscous loss in the fluid become significant and need to be included. In large domains, such as rooms or in the ocean, ray and diffusion methods need to be used. In this minicourse, we will use the Acoustics Module to demonstrate the simulation of these waves and their effects. You will also learn about recent news and additions to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Application areas include, but are not limited to: muffler design, mobile devices, transducer design, loudspeakers, sound insulation materials, room and car acoustics, and ultrasound flow meters.

  • Speaker: Temesgen Kindo

    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.

  • Speaker: Ed Fontes

    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 the module interfaces for simulating flow in porous media, discrete and homogeneous two-phase flow, and flow in stirred vessels with rotating parts.

  • Speaker: Siva Sashank Tholeti

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples from chemical engineering and will complement the material covered during the Chemical Engineering minicourses.

  • Speaker: Walter Frei

    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.

  • By: AltaSim

    In this course, AltaSim will draw on our extensive experience in multiphysics modeling to provide guidance for analyzing multiphysics problems in COMSOL Multiphysics®. The material focuses on providing lessons learned and tips for obtaining solutions to complex problems. Overall strategies are combined with tactical guidance to teach COMSOL Multiphysics® users how to work through the setup of their problems. This course includes information on different solution approaches from our Solver Settings for Effective Analysis in COMSOL Multiphysics® course.

6 p.m.
Poster Session
7 p.m.
Gala Dinner
8 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
9 a.m.
  • Speaker: Durk de Vries

    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, for example.

  • Speaker: Chandan Kumar

    COMSOL Multiphysics® can perform truly bidirectional fluid-structure interactions where viscous and pressure forces act on an elastic structure and structural velocity forces act back on the fluid. Attend this minicourse to learn about the ready-made physics interface that is available for this important multiphysics application.

  • Speaker: Harishanker Gajendran

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples relying on the core functionality of COMSOL Multiphysics and will complement the material covered during the Meshing, Solvers, and Optimization minicourses.

  • Speaker: Nicolas Huc

    Changes in the temperature of a material can lead to a change in material phase, from solid to liquid to gas. Evaporation and condensation of water is a very common case 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 trade-offs between these techniques.

  • Speaker: Angela Straccia

    When presenting your results, the quality of your 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. These include mirroring, revolving symmetric data, cut planes, cut lines, exporting data, joining or comparing multiple data sets, as well as animations. You look best when your data looks best!

  • By: TotalCAE

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

10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break Sponsored By M4Dynamics

M4Dynamics logo

12 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Exhibition Closes
1:30 p.m.
  • Speaker: Jinlan Huang

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples from acoustics and will complement the material covered during the Acoustics minicourse.

  • Speaker: Bjorn Sjodin

    The Application Builder, included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, allows you to wrap your COMSOL 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.

  • Speaker: Angela Straccia

    Porous media surrounds us; be it 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.

  • Speaker: Christopher Boucher

    In this minicourse, we will cover the use of the Ray Optics Module to simulate electromagnetic wave propagation in optically large geometries in which the wavelength is much smaller than the smallest geometric detail in the model. You will learn how to trace rays through homogeneous and graded-index media, model reflection and refraction at mirrors and lenses, analyze ray intensity and polarization, and investigate various optical aberrations. We will discuss application areas including cameras, spectrometers, laser focusing systems, and solar collectors. You will also learn how to apply the Ray Optics Module in a multiphysics context by considering structural and thermal effects.

  • Speaker: Jacob Yström

    Solving large and complex finite element models can take significant time and computational resources. In this minicourse, we will address the differences of the various solvers in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software in terms of their time and memory usage. Solver performance is also inextricably linked to computer architecture. We will address issues such as memory bandwidth, using parallel and cluster computing efficiently, and handling very large models.

  • By: M4Dynamics

    In this workshop, we will explore in depth the use of equilibrium thermodynamics on the multiphysics simulation of chemical engineering and reaction kinetics problems by using the external function library M4Dlib and the M4D-ChemApp interface for the COMSOL® software. We will see how to import thermodynamic properties and functions of multicomponent systems to establish the relation between forward and reverse rate constants in reaction kinetics problems and see how the thermodynamic properties of the components affect the result as a function of temperature. In this workshop, we will also work on solving a solidification problem in which multicomponent nonideal solutions are involved. Finally, a mechano-chemical problem involving hydrogel swelling phenomena will be solved using a thermodynamic approach, linking the thermodynamic model to the Structural Mechanics Module. All the attendants to the workshop will receive a two-week free trial for M4Dlib.

3 p.m.
Conference Ends

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SwissTech Convention Center

Quartier Nord EPFL
Route Louis-Favre 2
1024 Ecublens

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