COMSOL Day: Heat Transfer in Material Processing

November 10, 2020 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM CET

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Join us online for COMSOL Day: Heat Transfer in Material Processing to find out about modeling the thermal processing of metals and other materials. You will be introduced to the techniques provided by the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to model and simulate thermal and mechanical analyses, electromagnetic heating, and metallurgical phase transformations.

Attend online sessions dedicated to presenting and demonstrating the benefits and features included in COMSOL Multiphysics® and its add-on modules. Participate in Tech Cafés that allow you to ask questions to COMSOL engineers about modeling thermal processing applications. Moreover, industry experts will provide insights into their simulation projects through a series of presentations.

COMSOL Day: Heat Transfer in Material Processing is free of charge, and all participants will receive a 2-week trial version of COMSOL Multiphysics® with full technical support to test their own applications.


Welcoming Remarks

The simulation of heating and cooling (quenching) in material manufacturing and processing requires the modeling of multiphysics phenomena. COMSOL Multiphysics® is the ideal simulation platform for simulating the various aspects of the complex processes involved. In this session, we will provide an introduction to existing and new features for modeling heat transfer and material processing applications in COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.6. We will also touch on trends that are making simulation available to more than just modeling experts in the processing industry through the deployment of simulation apps.

Invited Speakers
Yalcin Kaymak, Betriebsforschungsinstitut des Stahlinstitut VDEh
Introduction to Modeling Heat Transfer with COMSOL Multiphysics®

Get an introduction to the capabilities and fundamental modeling workflow of COMSOL Multiphysics®. You will get a live demonstration of the entire analysis process via a practical heat transfer example and see how quick and easy it is to turn your sophisticated model into a specialized app that any engineer can use.

Tech Café: Phase Change and Liquid and Gas Properties

Phase change is often present in the manufacturing and processing of materials. Including phase change in material processing models is possible in COMSOL Multiphysics® through a new product: the Liquid and Gas Properties Module. Join this Tech Café to interactively discuss the simulation challenges associated with these effects and processes and how the Liquid and Gas Properties Module can be utilized to meet these challenges with COMSOL engineers. You are also welcome to pose questions relating to conjugate heat transfer and other material processing phenomena.

Break for Lunch
Invited Speaker
Kyle Koppenhoefer, AltaSim Technologies

Heat Treatment Through Multiphysics Simulations

Heat treatment engineers experience numerous challenges to obtain the correct temperature history of their parts. Constructing a new facility, or modifying an existing facility, introduces significant challenges to engineers attempting to maintain a specified temperature history for numerous parts. Thermal gradients within the furnace increase scrap rate and reduce profitability.

Multiphysics simulation provides engineers with the information needed to solve these difficult challenges. These simulations help engineers visualize thermal gradients within the furnace and within the parts, as well as phase changes. In addition, simulations provide engineers with an understanding of how the part temperatures change in time.


Thermal management is an important aspect across all industries. In the processing industry, thermal management is crucial, since strict control over material transformations is required in order to ensure greater quality. In this session, an overview of the features and benefits offered by COMSOL Multiphysics® to model thermal management of systems through convection and other heat transfer mechanisms will be demonstrated and presented. In particular, the modeling of natural and forced convection heat transfer, for cooling or heating applications, in both the laminar and turbulent regimes will be shown.

Hardening and the Use of Quenching in Metal Processing
Tech Café: Optimizing Heating and Cooling Processes

In material processing, especially metal processing, rapid heating and cooling processes are essential and generally require high energy input. The optimization of these processes can minimize the efforts and therefore save a lot of costs. In this Tech Café, you are invited to discuss with heat transfer simulation specialists about the possibilities, challenges, and simulation techniques.

Induction Heating in Metal Processing

Induction heating is used in high-fidelity metal processing where the quality of the product metal is of importance. As opposed to other heat processing procedures, induction heating is a more direct and controllable source of thermal application to the metals it is transforming. This session will discuss how the multiphysics of induction heating is modeled using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and some of the functionality related to meshing and solving for building both approximate and fully featured thermal models.

Tech Café: Nonlinear Structural Materials and Thermal Analysis

COMSOL Speakers

Phillip Oberdorfer
Phillip Oberdorfer is a technical marketing manager at Comsol Multiphysics GmbH. He helps produce webinar and technical content. Previously, he worked as an applications manager in technical support. Phillip received his PhD from the University of Göttingen, where he used COMSOL Multiphysics for a geothermal energy research project.
Beatrice Carasi
Beatrice Carasi currently works as an applications engineer in the COMSOL Italian office, where she is also part of the local support team. Previously, she studied mechanical engineering at Politecnico di Milano and received her MS degree specializing in fluids engineering. She joined COMSOL in 2013.
Nicolas Huc
Nicolas Huc joined COMSOL France in 2004 and is currently the head of their development team. He is also the manager of the Heat Transfer Module. Nicolas studied engineering at ENSIMAG before receiving his PhD in living system modeling from Joseph Fourier University.
Thorsten Koch
Thorsten Koch is the managing director of Comsol Multiphysics GmbH. There, he worked as an applications engineer and was a member of the development team. He holds degrees in physics and applied mathematics, completing his PhD studies on 3D contractility measurements of living cells at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Andreas Bick
Andreas Bick is an applications engineer at Comsol Multiphysics GmbH. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of Hamburg, where he studied ultracold quantum gases in noncubic optical lattices, hybrid quantum systems, optical resonators, and micromechanical systems.
Markus Birkenmeier
Markus Birkenmeier is a technical sales engineer who joined Comsol Multiphysics GmbH in 2016. Before relocating to Sales, he worked as an applications engineer. The trained chemical engineer received his PhD from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where he investigated the modeling of biochemical reaction networks.
Serjoscha Hylla
Serjoscha Hylla is an applications engineer specializing in geometry creation, CAD import, and meshing. Before joining Comsol Multiphysics GmbH in 2014, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Kassel.
Mats Danielsson
Mats Danielsson joined COMSOL in 2017 as a developer specializing in structural mechanics and mechanics of materials. He earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2003. Before joining COMSOL, he worked in the automotive industry and applied materials research.

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Invited Speakers

Kyle Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies

Kyle Koppenhoefer has been one of the principals and leaders at AltaSim Technologies for 17 years. He works with customers to identify how computational analysis can be used to further develop their products and manufacturing processes. Prior to cofounding AltaSim, Kyle worked for the Department of Defense and the Edison Welding Institute. He holds a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.

Yalcin Kaymak

Yalcin Kaymak joined VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut, located in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 2008 and is currently the project manager at the department of Process Optimisation, Iron and Steel Making. Yalcin studied engineering at Middle East Technical University before receiving his PhD in the modeling of quenching processes from Otto von Guericke University.