March 11, 2021 10:00 a.m.–3:15 p.m. EST

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COMSOL Day Canada

Hosted together with CMC Microsystems

Join us and your colleagues from both industry and academia for this 1-day event to learn about how multiphysics simulation is used for all types of engineering applications.

We are hosting this COMSOL Day together with CMC Microsystems, an organization we are proud to collaborate with that provides access to the COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling software for its member university departments and researchers throughout Canada. During the event, we will focus on modeling techniques in COMSOL Multiphysics® for the coupled systems prevalent in MEMS-based sensors, actuators, and filters, as well as optical, microacoustic, and piezoelectric devices. Keynote speakers from industry will provide their perspective on the importance of simulation in multiphysics applications.

COMSOL Day Canada is open for all to attend, whether you are a user of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software or not, and whether you come from academia or the commercial world.


10:00 a.m.

To start, we will briefly discuss the format of the day and go over the logistics for using GoToWebinar.

10:05 a.m.

The Application Builder is included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and allows you to transform your models into simulation apps controlled by interfaces appropriate for what is being simulated. This type of tool is unique to COMSOL Multiphysics® and will open up the world of simulation to all engineers, operators of processes, and scientists. This session will demonstrate the use of the Application Builder and how it can fundamentally augment how your organization approaches simulation.

10:30 a.m.
Parallel Sessions
Sensors, Actuators, and Filters

Sensors, actuators, and filters are MEMS devices used in a variety of areas. The design of these devices requires deep knowledge of all physical processes involved as well as the environment in which they operate. This session will demonstrate modeling techniques for accurate modeling of MEMS devices.

Batteries and Electrochemistry

Batteries are a key component in the power storage and utilization in a variety of mobile and stationary devices and equipment. Battery modeling is based on the fundamentals of electrochemistry and requires a simulation tool that can combine these phenomena with many other physics such as electric current flow, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer. This session will touch on the capabilities and specific add-on modules for different electrochemistry-based applications found within the COMSOL® product suite.

11:15 a.m.
Parallel Sessions
Microscale High-Frequency Devices

The simulation of Maxwell's equations in the high-frequency electromagnetic wave regime is essential in designing devices based on RF and microwave transmission, as well as optical properties. This session will discuss the modeling of such applications when applied to devices in the microscale.


In the manufacture of MEMS and similar devices, it is imperative to optimize their design and operating conditions. During this session, we will demonstrate how optimization can be applied to your COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations using the Optimization Module. You will receive an overview of large-scale optimization modeling in the COMSOL® software and techniques to accelerate your progress. You will also get a demonstration of gradient-based optimization techniques and constraint equations to define and solve problems in shape, parameter, and topology optimization.

12:00 p.m.

Designing a MEMS Acoustic Flow Microphone

Commercial microphones rely on sensing pressure to detect sound. However, most animals rely on sensing airflow instead, due to the advantages it offers regarding the detection of the direction of sound. We will look at how the Thermoviscous Acoustics and Electrostatics Boundary Element features in COMSOL Multiphysics® are helping Soundskrit, the Montreal-based startup I am a part of, design a MEMS acoustic flow microphone.

12:30 p.m.
Break for Lunch
1:00 p.m.

CMC Microsystems: Lowering Barriers to Technology Adoption

During this talk, Owain Jones will describe how CMC is making COMSOL Multiphysics® and complementary products and services available to the research community in Canada and how attendees can access COMSOL licenses and related infrastructure.

1:15 p.m.

COMSOL Multiphysics® for Applied Magnetics Modeling

In this presentation, we will review the use of COMSOL Multiphysics® to model systems in the general field of applied magnetics. Recent work involves using COMSOL Multiphysics® for the modeling and optimization of a range of systems, including pulsed eddy current (PEC) inspection systems for nondestructive evaluation (NDE), linear induction motors (LIMs) for applications in Hyperloop systems, and the electrical breakdown of gases and magnetic confinement of the resulting plasma with applications in nuclear fusion. This presentation will focus on the latter application.

1:45 p.m.
Parallel Sessions

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 and microstructures, thermal and viscous losses in the fluid become significant and need to be included in any modeling analysis. In this session, we will demonstrate the features of the Acoustics Module to illustrate the simulation of these waves, subsequent losses, and their effects.


Modeling flow in the microscale has to take into account properties that scale differently at these smaller length scales. Diffusion, particle flow, multiphase flow, fluid-structure interaction, and electrokinetic effects inherently require explicit techniques to take into account their contribution to the microfluidics application at hand. This session will touch on these multiphysics phenomena and how they are resolved in microdevices.

2:30 p.m.

This session will introduce new users of COMSOL Multiphysics® to its capabilities and the fundamental modeling workflow for modeling single-physics and multiphysics applications. It will demonstrate the process of building and running a model based on a practical example. It will also exemplify how such a model can be reformatted into specialized applications that any nonexpert in simulation can use. Join this session to see how COMSOL Multiphysics® can transform your simulation and modeling requirements.

3:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks

COMSOL Speakers

James Christopher
James Christopher has been with COMSOL since 2017 and is currently working as a territory sales manager for eastern Canada.
Andrzej Bielecki
Andrzej Bielecki is an applications engineer at COMSOL with a focus on CFD. He graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Prior to joining COMSOL, he worked as an application engineer designing needle and track roller bearings for the aerospace industry.
Jinlan Huang
Jinlan Huang is an applications engineer for vibrations and acoustics and instructs acoustics training courses. She received her PhD from Boston University, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, investigating acoustic wave propagation in complex-tissue environments and ultrasound-induced tissue heating and bleeding control. She joined COMSOL in 2011.
Jiyoun Munn
Jiyoun Munn is the technical product manager for the RF Module at COMSOL and a senior member of IEEE. He has 2 decades of experience in the RF industry, creating more than 150 antenna and microwave device prototypes and holding patents for antenna interrogation systems. He has an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Maria Iuga-Römer
Maria Iuga-Römer is an applications manager at Comsol Multiphysics GmbH. Previously, she studied physics at the West University of Timișoara and received a PhD at the University of Würzburg. She worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research, simulating microstructural properties to develop and optimize ceramic materials.
Niloofar Kamyab
Niloofar Kamyab is a senior application engineer at COMSOL with a focus on Batteries & Fuel Cell and Electrochemistry. After earning her master's degree in mechanical engineering, she started her doctoral study in January 2017. Prior to joining COMSOL, during her research studies, she has focused on developing numerical methods and constructing mathematical models to solve the equations that represent the phenomena that occur in electrochemical systems using different platforms such as COMSOL Multiphysics. She graduated from University of South Carolina with a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering in August 2020 and joined COMSOL, Inc in November 2020.
Siva Sashank Tholeti
Siva Sashank Tholeti is an applications engineer at COMSOL. He received his PhD in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University. His areas of interest include CFD, plasma-enhanced aerodynamics, plasma physics, propulsion, and multiphysics problems.
Walter Frei
Walter Frei has been with COMSOL since 2008. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working on the optimization of photonic crystal microcavity lasers.
Yeswanth Rao
Yeswanth Rao is a senior applications engineer and has been with COMSOL since early 2008. He holds a PhD in biological engineering and a master's degree in electrical engineering. His finite element background is in MEMS, particularly piezoelectric modeling.

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Invited Speakers

Owain Jones
CMC Microsystems

Owain Jones has worked in IT and engineering at CMC Microsystems in Kingston, Ontario, for 13 years. He earned a master of engineering in electrical and computer engineering at Queen’s University and a bachelor of science in computing science at the University of Alberta. Owain holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation and a PEng license from Professional Engineers Ontario.

Jordan Morelli
Queen's University

Jordan Morelli earned his BEng degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1996, his MASc in electrical engineering from the University of Windsor in 1998, and his PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 2003. He joined the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy at Queen’s University in 2003 and has been a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario since 2004. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the Golden Apple Award and the Excellence in Instruction in the Engineering Physics Program Award. He has been working in the field of electrical distribution system optimization since 1996 and the field of controlled thermonuclear fusion since 1998. Jordan is a strong advocate for sustainable energy and is well versed in public policy and regulations, particularly regarding wind and solar technologies. Jordan is a Certificate of Authorization license holder and provides engineering consulting services in the general fields of electrical engineering and sustainable energy systems. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Division of Plasma Physics of the Canadian Association of Physicists. Jordan is the proud father of Edwin, Aziz, and Seneca.

Stephane Leahy

Stephane Leahy did his PhD in three years at Queen's University in mechanical engineering, with a focus on MEMS resonators for biosensing. His work led to eight publications and introduced innovative designs for greatly improving the performance of real-time biosensors. In particular, he demonstrated the concept of using tiny gaps to improve the sensitivity of cantilevers by orders of magnitude to detect the presence of individual cells in liquid. Now he is leading the hardware development efforts at Soundskrit and working closely with the team of inventors and engineers to make the MEMS acoustic flow sensor a reality.