Jun 21, 2018 Columbus, Ohio8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day Columbus for a day of minicourses, talks by invited speakers, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other simulation specialists in the COMSOL community.

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8:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m.

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.

9:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
9:15 a.m.
Parallel Minicourses
Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics®

This introductory demonstration will show you the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling environment. We will cover all of the key modeling steps, including geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing.

News in COMSOL Multiphysics® Version 5.3a

Get a quick overview of the most significant news from the release of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.3a. The release highlights include new interfaces for the boundary element method, shape memory alloys, accelerated solvers, and much more.

10:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:15 a.m.
Parallel Minicourses
Low-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

Explore the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® for electromagnetics in the static and low-frequency regime with a focus on the AC/DC Module.

Acoustics and Vibrations

Get an introduction to the capabilities of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software for modeling the interactions between acoustic waves and structural vibrations, including some tips and tricks for improving both model accuracy and runtime, and learn about advanced postprocessing for acoustic waves.

11:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
11:15 a.m.

Insight into Electrochemical Processes via Multiphysics Modeling

Electrochemical manufacturing processes such as electropolishing and electrodeposition use electrical current to modify surfaces in useful ways via selective addition and/or removal of material. Multiple physical phenomena are typically active in industrial-scale electrochemical processes, including electric fields, heat and mass transfer, geometric deformation, fluid flow (often multiphase), surface chemistry and its accompanying kinetic polarization effects, and surface oxide growth and removal. Simulation of these systems is often challenging, as the various physics relevant to a given model are tightly coupled in most cases. In this talk, I will highlight examples of electrochemical processes to which Faraday Technology, Inc. has applied modeling with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, illustrating the power and flexibility of the multiphysics paradigm to provide understanding of and predictive power for the complex behaviors of industrial electrochemical systems.

11:35 a.m.

Experimental Meets Theoretical: Advancing Terahertz Science and Technology via the Multiphysics Modeling of Phenomena and Devices

The last 30 years have seen significant growth in the development of the science and technology associated with the use of the terahertz frequency segment of the electromagnetic spectrum. Spectroscopic, imaging, and sensing applications using terahertz frequencies have advanced from the laboratory benchtop to the real world. The evolutionary pathway of this progression has required novel approaches for the design of sources, detectors, and waveguides that were greatly aided by electromagnetic modeling. In addition, the theoretical understanding of how terahertz light interacts with the physical world has required further understanding that was aided by multiphysics simulations. In this talk, I will describe the development of terahertz science and technology, weaving in examples of how simulations and modeling have advanced terahertz devices and phenomenology, including antennas, waveguides, metamaterials, and surface plasmons.

12:00 p.m.
Break for Lunch
1:15 p.m.
Parallel Minicourses
Solvers Minicourse

Learn the fundamental numerical techniques and underlying algorithms related to linear and nonlinear multiphysics simulations. We will cover the difference between iterative and direct solvers as well as the different study types including stationary, transient, and eigenfrequency analysis.

Heat Transfer

Get a brief overview of using the Heat Transfer Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

2:00 p.m.
Coffee Break
2:15 p.m.
Parallel Minicourses

Learn about the meshing tools provided in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We will introduce you to basic meshing concepts, such as how to plot the mesh or tweak the meshing parameters, as well as advanced topics such as swept and mapped meshes.

High-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

Learn about modeling high-frequency electromagnetic waves using the RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module.

3:00 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:15 p.m.
Parallel Minicourses
Optimization Minicourse

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 are applicable for almost all types of models.

Fluid Flow and Mass Transfer

Get a brief overview of using the CFD Module, Chemical Reaction Engineering Module for fluid flow and mass transfer within the COMSOL® software environment. In addition, learn how to use the new functionality for calculating thermodynamic properties for fluids, mixtures, and two-phase fluids.

COMSOL Day Details


Hilton Columbus/Polaris
8700 Lyra Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43240

COMSOL Speakers

Yeswanth Rao
Yeswanth Rao is a technical sales manager 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.
Temesgen Kindo
Temesgen Kindo works at COMSOL as an applications engineer, specializing in structural mechanics and equation-based modeling. Before joining the Burlington, MA office, Temesgen received his PhD in civil engineering from Duke University. He is interested in nonlinear mechanics, multiphysics problems, and applied mathematics.
Ajinkya Shetye
Ajinkya Shetye joined COMSOL in 2016 as a technical sales engineer. He received his master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas, Arlington. Ajinkya's research focus was on microfluidics, thermal management, MEMS fabrication, and interfacial phenomena.
Bjorn Sjodin
Bjorn Sjodin is the VP of product management at COMSOL. He has been with COMSOL since 1995 and started out as a member of the development team in Stockholm, Sweden. He joined the COMSOL office in Burlington in 2002.

Invited Speakers

Jason Deibel
Wright State Univeristy
Jason A. Deibel is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Physics at Wright State University (WSU). He has previously served as the director of undergraduate research and experiential learning for the College of Science and Mathematics and the interim associate director for the Interdisciplinary Applied Sciences & Mathematics PhD program. Prior to joining WSU, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Rice University and a royal society visiting fellow at the University of Leeds. Jason completed his PhD in applied physics at the University of Michigan. His research interests include ultrafast and terahertz spectroscopy and imaging, computational electromagnetics, and the characterization of novel materials. His work has been published in over 35 refereed journals and conference proceedings. Jason’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Ohio Board of Regents, Air Force Research Laboratory, and private R&D companies. He is committed to advancing his teaching via the implementation of active learning strategies in the classroom. He is a member of IEEE, OSA, AAPT, APS, and the Council for Undergraduate Research.
Brian Skinn
Faraday Technology, Inc.
Dr. Brian Skinn is a principal research scientist at Faraday Technology, Inc., in Englewood, OH. Dr. Skinn received his BS in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2004 and his PhD in chemical engineering from MIT in 2011. He has worked on the dewatering of algae for biofuel production and lignin oxidation for the production of value-added products. Dr. Skinn is working on the zero-discharge recycling of electrochemical machining electrolytes; modeling of electrochemical machining processes to enable the accelerated refinement of tooling and fixturing; development of models and machine learning tools for enhanced surface finishing of additively manufactured parts; and development of processes for carbon dioxide reduction to value-added hydrocarbons, such as ethylene, carbon monoxide, and formic acid. Dr. Skinn has established a COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling capability at Faraday and has applied this development activity across a variety of projects.
Sergei Yushanov
AltaSim Technologies
Sergei Yushanov has extensive experience in multiphysics mathematical modeling applied to a wide range of product design and manufacturing applications. Dr. Yushanov has solved complex analyses for the consumer products, automotive, heavy, and defense industries. His work for AltaSim over the last 15 years includes the use of computational analysis to solve electromagnetics, structural behavior, acoustic-structure interaction, and thermal analysis problems. He holds a PhD from the Institute of Hydrodynamics & Applied Mechanics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia.
Luke Gritter
AltaSim Technologies
Luke has over ten years experience in multiphysics analysis and specializes in analysis of problems relating to fluid flow, thermal, electro-magnetic, and plasma phenomena. At AltaSim he has been instrumental in the development and application of multiphysics analysis to real world problems in the Medical Products, Consumer Products, Semiconductor Devices and Energy markets. Luke’s areas of expertise include:
• Plasma physics
• Computational fluid dynamics
• Thermodynamics
• Electromagnetics
• Mechanical systems
Luke received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.

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