November 1– 2

COMSOL Conference Shanghai 2018
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COMSOL Conference 2018 Shanghai will be held entirely in Chinese.

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


8:30 a.m.
Registration opens
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Conference Kickoff
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • 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.

  • 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. 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.
  • This course provides a general introduction to commonly used techniques in the multiphysics modeling workflow, including basic operations, geometric modeling, meshing, solvers, and postprocessing. Besides, it will demonstrate how to improve solvability for the model.

  • 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.
11:45 - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
User Presentations
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Coffee Break &  Poster Session

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Keynote Session
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
4:30 - 5:45 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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. The Heat Transfer Module provides features to model surface-to-surface radiation for gray surfaces or for multiple spectral bands, such as for solar and infrared radiation, for example. Radiation in participating media such as hot gasses can also be addressed. Specular radiative heat transfer can now also be addressed using the Ray Tracing Module and will be introduced in this minicourse.
  • This course introduces the use of multiphysics simulation in coupling structural, thermal, and electrical effects for accurate designs of reliable MEMS devices. Interactions between multiple physics involved in MEMS devices, such as actuators, resonators and sensors, are intensively analyzed, and how to create coupled multiphysics models is demonstrated.
  • This course will demonstrate how to use COMSOL Multiphysics® to simulate behaviors of different materials with Nonlinear Structural Materials Module to understand nonlinear materials’ load response, which usually undergo nonlinear behavior under high and low strains. In addition, when a structure is subjected to repeated loading and unloading, fatigue and damage can occur in material parts, which may undergo failures even far below the static critical value. Fatigue Module provided by COMSOL software can easily implement the above simulations so as to predict the life span and usage factors of the structure.
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Piezoelectric materials are integral to the design of sensors, transducers, resonators, and actuators. This minicourse introduces the simulation and modeling of such devices, which benefits the design process by enabling better understanding of the interactions between structural, piezoelectric, and conductive or dielectric materials. Combining piezoelectric device modeling with fluid dynamics, electromagnetics, heat transfer, or acoustics in the same simulation is easily done through the multiphysics capabilities in COMSOL.
  • 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.
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:45 -11:45 a.m.
Keynote Session
11:45 - 12:00 p.m.
Poster Awards Ceremony
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Coffee Break
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
User Presentations
3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Coffee Break
4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In this minicourse, you will learn to model a generic electrochemical cell, including charge transport and electrode reactions, and get an introduction to the corresponding couplings to mass transport, heat transport, and fluid flow. We will also address how to simulate steady-state polarization curves and transient phenomena such as the charge/discharge of a battery.
  • 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. 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.

  • 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.
5:30 p.m.
Conference Ends


Renaissance® Shanghai Putuo Hotel

50 Tongchuan Road, Putuo District
Shanghai, 200333, China

Number:(+86)21/5180 1144

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Get ready to connect, learn, and innovate. Join the top minds in science, physics, and engineering for two days of training, talks by industry experts, and presentations featuring cutting-edge R&D.



Connect with the brightest minds in numerical simulation at the COMSOL Conference 2018 Shanghai.



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