March 18, 2021 9:50 a.m.–5:00 p.m. GMT

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COMSOL Day United Kingdom

See what is possible with multiphysics simulation

Join fellow engineers and simulation specialists to learn about COMSOL Multiphysics®. Topics will cover an introduction to the software and its applications deployment products, major updates in version 5.6, summaries of various add-on modules, and demonstrations of modeling examples.

We welcome both experienced COMSOL Multiphysics® users and those who are new to modeling to attend this COMSOL Day. The sessions will focus on software benefits and features and best practices for modeling your applications. These will be provided by COMSOL technical staff and invited speakers who will also discuss perspectives on the importance of simulation to their respective industries.

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9:50 a.m.

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

10:00 a.m.

Learn the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling environment. This introductory demonstration will show you the process of transforming models into specialized simulation applications and distributing them with COMSOL Compiler™ and COMSOL Server™, application deployment products.

10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Invited Speakers
Roberto Magalotti, B&W Group (Sound United)

From Here to Ear: The Multiphysics Path of the Audio Signal

The path of the audio signal from a sound source to the listener's ear crosses several physical domains (electrical, mechanical, acoustical), and this makes COMSOL Multiphysics® the ideal simulation tool, as proven by its growing use in the electroacoustics industry. Bowers & Wilkins has been at the forefront of audio technology for more than 50 years; during this time, many of the key technologies embedded in its high-end systems have been improved and perfected with the help of FEM simulations. Join the seminar to see examples of the wide range of COMSOL® simulation tools applied to state-of-the-art, high-fidelity loudspeaker systems by Bowers & Wilkins.

Rachel Lunn, TWI/Non-metallic Innovation Centre

Modeling the Risk of Electrostatic Discharge in Polymer Composite Pipes Used in Gas Applications

The transport of natural gas and particulates through nonmetallic pipes could lead to the accumulation of static charge on the inner surface of the pipe. Due to the nonconductive nature of the pipe walls, this charge is not dissipated and may create a significant risk of explosion, damage, and injury to persons should it exceed a certain limit and discharge suddenly. Moreover, if the charge conditions across the pipe wall result in an electric field that exceeds the dielectric strength of the pipe material, then the subsequent discharge can melt a hole through the pipe wall, a phenomenon known as pin-holing. This risk has to be properly quantified and mitigated in order to ensure safe utilization of nonmetallic pipes in natural gas services.

Current approaches to evaluating the risk of electrostatic discharge rely only on the determination of the flow regime (API/RP 2003 and NFPA 77), often using analytical approximations (e.g., Baker and Mandhane charts). If a mist regime is present, then the risk of electrostatic discharge is declared high. This approach can be overconservative, and mitigation methods to avoid a mist flow regime are difficult to implement.

Instead, in this work, a modeling approach combining heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics, and electrostatics has been developed to provide a quantitative assessment of the risk of electrostatic charge buildup in composite pipes used in natural gas transportation. The modeling approach has been validated in laboratory conditions to demonstrate its efficacy and used on real case scenarios from the field.

12:00 p.m.
12:15 p.m.

COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.6 introduces many new features and benefits for all parts of your modeling workflow. This session will summarize many of the general updates and improvements within the core functionality of COMSOL Multiphysics®, from improved solvers and handling of CAD geometries to new graphics features. Major news will be presented, such as the introduction of four new modules, and important new features will be demonstrated.

1:00 p.m.
Break for Lunch
2:00 p.m.
Parallel Sessions
Modeling the Full Electromagnetic Frequency Spectrum

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


This session will introduce you to the most important solver algorithms in COMSOL Multiphysics®. We will concentrate on improvements that ensure solvers are faster and more memory efficient, particularly for multicore and cluster computing. Further, we will look at newly incorporated domain decomposition methods and a new eigenvalue solver. Questions will be taken on these and other topics concerning the acceleration of convergence of your nonlinear multiphysics models.

2:45 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
Parallel Sessions
Heat Transfer

Get a brief overview of using the Heat Transfer Module within the COMSOL® software environment. We will discuss conjugate heat transfer with the combination of heat transfer in solids and heat transfer in fluids, including thermal radiation effects. These phenomena could also be coupled with structural mechanics, chemical reactions, and particle tracing.

CAD Import and Geometry

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.

3:45 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Parallel Sessions
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 techniques for improving both model accuracy and runtime. Plus, learn about advanced postprocessing for acoustic waves.

Model Optimization

The optimization of manufacturing processes, material choices, design dimensions, and operating conditions is inherent to any engineer’s decision making. In this session, we will demonstrate how optimization can be applied to your COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations using the Optimization Module. New and improved features introduced in version 5.6 will be summarized, including a new optimization solver. Questions are welcome and will be answered by COMSOL technical staff.

4:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks

COMSOL Speakers

Wen Zhang
Wen Zhang is currently the managing director of the COMSOL UK office. She received her PhD in semiconductor and optoelectronic devices from the University of Southampton.
Robbie Balcombe
Robbie Balcombe works as a technical team director at COMSOL. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2007 with a MEng in aero-mechanical engineering and then carried out his PhD in the area of numerical modeling of rolling contact fatigue at Imperial College London.
Nathaniel Davies
Applications Engineer
Nathaniel Davies joined COMSOL in early 2020 as an applications engineer specializing in electromagnetism. He studied at Oxford University, completing an undergraduate degree and PhD in condensed matter physics with a research specialism in novel magnetic and superconducting materials.
Ross Hubble
Ross Hubble works as an applications engineer at COMSOL UK. He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2010 with an MEng in chemical engineering and then went on to carry out his PhD investigating carbon oxide hydrogenation reactions.
James Gaffney
James Gaffney works at COMSOL as an applications engineer for acoustics. He studied acoustical engineering at the University of Southampton, where he also earned his doctorate degree. His research involved predicting the fuselage installation effects from engine fan tones with analytical methods.

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Invited Speakers

Roberto Magalotti
B&W Group (Sound United)

Roberto Magalotti graduated in physics at the University of Bologna (Italy) in 1994, with a thesis on the physical modeling of musical instruments. After a stint as a designer of professional loudspeaker systems, in 2001, he joined B&C Speakers (Italy), a leading company in the design and manufacturing of professional loudspeaker drivers, where he became head of research in 2008. In 2019, he joined Bowers & Wilkins (UK) as director of acoustic research. His interests include modeling, measurement, and simulation of the nonlinear behavior of loudspeaker drivers, optimization of magnetic assemblies, application of finite element analysis to loudspeaker design, and low-frequency room acoustics. He teaches courses on loudspeaker technology at Le Mans Université (France) and at CESMA (Switzerland). He has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society since 1998.

Rachel Lunn
TWI/Non-metallic Innovation Centre

Rachel Lunn joined TWI in 2018 after working at Cummins in several engineering roles. Prior to that, she worked at Johnson Matthey, researching catalysts for industrial processes. She currently works as a project leader in the Numerical Modeling and Optimization team. She is a specialist in computational engineering, applying finite element analysis techniques to engineering challenges from weld fatigue to structural integrity. She has experience with modeling a range of situations, including welding residual stress and distortion and multiphysics modeling of corrosion and electrostatics. She has a master’s degree in natural sciences, specializing in material science, from the University of Cambridge.