COMSOL Day San Jose 2020 (Online)

April 22, 2020 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Join us online for COMSOL Day San Jose to see firsthand how multiphysics simulations can benefit your work. Whether you are considering using COMSOL Multiphysics® in your organization and want to see how it works, or an existing user looking to catch the latest news, this event has something for you. Feel free to invite your colleagues.

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Welcoming Remarks

Learn about new features in the latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics®, including how they can be incorporated into your multiphysics models.

Invited Speakers

Solving Challenging Multiphysics Problems Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

At Veryst Engineering, we regularly use multiphysics simulations to solve our clients’ challenging engineering problems. We combine the power and flexibility of COMSOL Multiphysics® with our consultants’ expert understanding of the underlying physics and our detailed knowledge of the software’s advanced features. We use a wide range of complementary tools, including experimental testing, analytics, failure analysis, material calibration, and custom programming/scripting. I will present three real-world simulation case studies: adhesive debonding in a flexible wearable device, FSI analysis of a heart valve, and viscoplastic material modeling using PolyUMod®.

Numerical Modeling of Hydrogen Fuel Cells Using COMSOL®

Fuel cells are promising energy conversion devices for the future due to their use of hydrogen and their role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Performance, cost, and durability however remain a concern for their widespread adaptation. Multiphysics modeling is crucial to understand and optimize the coupled physical phenomena involved in fuel cell operation. This talk will highlight some examples of using the COMSOL Multiphysics® framework and MATLAB® interface to explore the fuel cell operating complexities in detail. A macro-homogeneous 2D and pseudo 3D model have been developed to understand the role of water management in fuel cell performance. The techniques presented in this talk are part of an overall optimization workflow, which can be utilized for several energy systems, such as electrolyzers, batteries, CO2 reduction systems, and solar fuel generators.

3D-Printed Inductors and Transformers for High-Frequency Power Electronics

As new applications are emerging for very-high-frequency power converters, including wireless power transfer and plasma generation for semiconductor manufacturing, the demand for magnetic components suitable for these frequency regimes increases as well. Currently, there are limited magnetic core materials available above 10 MHz, therefore making air-core components the primary option. As the switching frequency of power converters increases, the energy storage demands of magnetic components decreases, which allows us to utilize small-value air-core components. One of our strategies for magnetic design in this frequency space is low-cost rapid prototyping and 3D printing of air-core magnetic components. For these components, we develop toroidal inductors and transformers in CAD, 3D print the design, and electroplate copper onto the surface of the structure. Our work has also focused on finite element method (FEM) simulations in COMSOL® with automation and scripting capabilities, allowing circuit designers straightforward methods in obtaining inductor and transformer parameters based on these CAD drawings.


Learn about best practices when importing CAD geometries and meshes for analyses in COMSOL Multiphysics®. The minicourse will introduce tools in COMSOL Multiphysics® for defeaturing and removal of details from CAD geometries, as well as the necessary preparation of CAD geometries before import, including steps to identify and resolve errors originating from the CAD file.

Break for Lunch

Get an overview of the Structural Mechanics Module, an add-on to COMSOL Multiphysics® for analyzing the mechanical behavior of solid structures.


Get a brief overview of the electromagnetic modeling tools of COMSOL Multiphysics® with a focus on the AC/DC Module, RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module.


Learn to use gradient-based and derivative-free optimization techniques to define and solve problems in shape, parameter, and topology optimization. The techniques shown are applicable for almost all types of models.

COMSOL Speakers

Mranal Jain
Mranal Jain has been with COMSOL since 2013 and currently leads the applications team in the Los Altos, CA office. He studied microfluidics and electrokinetic transport, while pursuing his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.
Lorant Olasz
Lorant Olasz joined COMSOL in 2006 and is the technical product manager for the CAD Import and ECAD Import modules, LiveLink™ for CAD products, and LiveLink development team. Previously, he was a product specialist in structural mechanics. He received his PhD in solid mechanics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Yue Huang
Yue Huang joined COMSOL in August 2019 as an applications engineer in the Los Altos, CA office. He studied solid mechanics while pursuing his PhD in mechanical engineering, followed by one year of experience as a postdoc and lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Santosh Pokhrel
Santosh Pokhrel joined COMSOL in June 2019 and currently works as an applications engineer in the Los Altos, CA, office. He holds a PhD from University of Utah, specializing in computational electromagnetics and numerical simulation of low-frequency antennas.

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Invited Speakers

Nagi Elabbasi
Veryst Engineering, LLC.

Dr. Nagi Elabbasi is a principal engineer at Veryst Engineering, LLC, and his main area of expertise is modeling multiphysics systems. Dr. Elabbasi has extensive experience in simulating structural mechanics, CFD, heat transfer, acoustics, and coupled systems, including FSI, conjugate heat transfer, and structural-acoustic coupling. Prior to joining Veryst, he worked for nine years in finite element software development. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto.

Lalit Pant
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Dr. Lalit Pant is a postdoctoral fellow in the Energy Technologies area at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Prior to this appointment, he received his BS in mechanical engineering from IIT Delhi (India) and his MS and PhD from the University of Alberta (Canada). His research primarily involves the study and optimization of electrochemical energy systems such as fuel cells, batteries, and electrolyzers using physics-based modeling, numerical modeling, X-ray imaging, and statistical modeling. Dr. Pant has published 15 journal articles and has presented at several conferences.

Zikang Tong
Stanford University Power Electronics Laboratory

Zikang Tong graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Champaign, IL, US, in 2017 with a BS degree in electrical engineering. He received his MS from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, US, in 2019. He is currently pursuing his PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford University under prof. Juan Rivas at the Stanford University Power Electronics Laboratory. The Stanford University Power Electronics Laboratory specializes in the development of system architectures and circuit topologies for DC-AC and DC-DC power conversion that can reach switching frequencies of 10s to 100s of MHz. Zikang is primarily interested in building next-generation power electronic devices and components, including power semiconductors, passives, and magnetics; modeling; and applications for these technologies.