May 26, 2022 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. EDT

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COMSOL Day: Canada

Hosted together with CMC Microsystems

Modeling and simulation have been established as the third major pillar of scientific investigation, alongside experiment and theory, and the COMSOL Multiphysics® software has become the premier platform for this work. Engineers and scientists turn to COMSOL Multiphysics® for its ability to couple any combination of multiphysics phenomena and features for defining your own system of partial differential equations and creating tailor-made simulation apps for specific engineering and scientific uses.

The COMSOL® software functionality can be extended via add-on products specialized for physics like fluid flow, structural mechanics, acoustics, electromagnetics, and reaction kinetics, as well as interfaces for common engineering elements like CAD and material libraries.


11:00 a.m.

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

11:15 a.m.

Models and simulations created with COMSOL Multiphysics® produce data that helps engineers design better products. Sharing the knowledge gained from this data with everyone in the design workflow is the future of simulation in product design.

In this session, you will see how the Model Manager together with the two other workspaces in COMSOL Multiphysics®, the Model Builder and Application Builder, complete the circle of product design by incorporating every facet contributing to it, from the modeling specialists to the factory floor. With the COMSOL Multiphysics® software platform, users can truly bring about the democratization of simulation.

11:45 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
Parallel Session
Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics®

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

AC/DC Module

Magnetostatics and low-frequency electromagnetics are common phenomena throughout engineering industries and technologies, which means that to develop efficient and cost-effective devices, machines, and processes that are controlled by these phenomena, you need modeling and simulation. Even more important is how these phenomena relate to others — this can be visualized with multiphysics modeling.

COMSOL Multiphysics® and the AC/DC Module provide users with modeling and simulation functionality for static and quasistatic electromagnetics. Using this module together with other add-on products from the COMSOL product suite, you can extend your models to include multiphysics effects like heat induction as well as air-cooling of motors, piezoelectricity, semiconductor physics, electrophoretic flow, and more.

This session will give an overview of the AC/DC Module and illustrate its capabilities in various examples.

12:30 p.m.
12:45 p.m.
Parallel Session

Get a brief overview of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, with a focus on the field of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module

High-frequency (HF) and optical electromagnetic phenomena are often classified together when modeling, designing, and optimizing devices based on them, although they differ significantly in the simulation methods for these processes. Invariably, this depends on the length scale of the electromagnetic wave in comparison to the length scale of the domain or cavity to which they manifest.

The RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module are add-ons to COMSOL Multiphysics® that can be used for modeling a variety of HF and optics devices. For the RF Module, this includes antennas and antenna arrays, transmission lines, filters, scattering behavior, and frequency-selective surfaces. Similarly, you can model waveguides, photonics devices, gratings, and metamaterials with the Wave Optics Module; and lenses, laser cavities, and lithography with the Ray Optics Module.

When modeling and designing HF and optics devices, it is important to also consider the other physics phenomena involved. This includes a range of applications, from RF and microwave heating to those relating to structural-thermal-optical-performance (STOP) analysis.

This session will provide an introduction to the capabilities of the RF, Wave Optics, and Ray Optics modules and summarize each of their unique features.

1:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
CMC Microsystems: Lowering Barriers to Technology Adoption

CMC Microsystems: Lowering Barriers to Technology Adoption

Owain Jones, CMC Microsystems

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

1:50 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Electromagnet Design Using FEM Simulations of the Scalar Potential

Electromagnet Design Using FEM Simulations of the Scalar Potential

Mark McCrea, University of Winnipeg

In nuclear and particle physics, it is not uncommon to require precise magnetic fields with novel shapes. It is possible to quickly design electromagnets to produce these fields using finite element simulations of the magnetic scalar potential of the desired magnetic field. In this session, I will briefly introduce the TUCAN neutron electric dipole moment (nEDM) experiment, explain why this experiment requires the variety of fields that it does, and review how I used COMSOL Multiphysics® to meet the design requirements for the experiment. I will further demonstrate how this method can be used over a variety of surface geometries to easily produce a variety of field shapes in the presence and absence of magnetically permeable materials. I will also include examples of how to use the Application Builder to automate some repetitive tasks in the model building process.

2:20 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
Parallel Session
Heat Transfer Module

Heat transfer is an essential process in many engineering fields, as it can affect the characteristics or behavior of other phenomena. When you add the Heat Transfer Module to COMSOL Multiphysics®, you get access to specialized functionality for modeling conduction, convection, and radiation. It includes predefined features that easily support the modeling of conjugate heat transfer and nonisothermal flow, phase change, moisture transport, and surface-to-surface and semitransparent media radiation.

When used together with other add-on products to COMSOL Multiphysics®, you can model phenomena such as Joule, induction, and microwave heating; thermal stresses and contact; bioheating; thermoelectric effects; and heat transfer in porous media.

In this session, there will be a demonstration of the Heat Transfer Module as well as various built-in features in other add-ons that involve heat transfer.

The Application Builder and Simulation Apps

It is becoming less common for the modeling expert to be the only one in an organization to use modeling and simulation. Making simulation available to everyone contributing to the product or process design workflow — from R&D through the design department to the factory floor — means that collaborators who typically add their own knowledge and experience to help innovate can now also leverage simulation.

The Application Builder in COMSOL Multiphysics® lets modeling experts develop specific and custom apps, or user interfaces, that can be used by scientists and engineers who may lack the theoretical knowledge needed to set up their own models. The goal with building simulation apps could be to make it easier for nonexperts to use simulation or to extend the features and functionality needed to simulate a specific design or process regardless of the app user’s modeling skill level. Together with the Model Builder and Model Manager, the Application Builder provides an environment of simulation-based collaboration, which would be a benefit to any engineering organization.

In this session, you will see how to use the Application Builder to create simulation apps and how to distribute them for others to use.

3:00 p.m.
3:15 p.m.
Parallel Session
CFD Module and Fluid Flow Add-On Products

CFD modeling is the basis of all processes governed or influenced by fluid flow. It provides you with information about how flow will occur within a vessel, open space, or porous media, and, more importantly, how it affects and is affected by other physics phenomena.

The CFD Module, an add-on to COMSOL Multiphysics®, covers all aspects of flow, such as laminar, turbulent, non-Newtonian, multiphase, and high Mach number flow. Additional fluid flow add-on modules provide specialized functionality for including intricacies posed by mixing, polymer flow, microfluidics, porous media and subsurface flow, and pipe and molecular flow. When coupled with other add-on products to COMSOL Multiphysics®, phenomena such as conjugate heat transfer, fluid–structure interaction, electrophoretic and reacting flow, and flow-induced noise can be modeled.

In this session, you will get an overview of the CFD Module and see multiple examples of it in action.

Electrochemistry and Chemistry Add-On Products

Previously, chemical and electrochemical process modeling relied on CFD and process control software that did not adequately consider the complexities of the systems, such as chemical and electrochemical reaction kinetics, accurate descriptions of the transport processes, and full descriptions of the thermodynamics.

In contrast, the COMSOL Multiphysics® software does. The COMSOL product suite includes several add-on modules with functionality for modeling chemical and electrochemical processes, from 1D conceptual models of reactions at a catalyst surface to full-scale 3D models of chemical reactors or batteries that consider all of the involved multiphysics couplings. Turbulent, laminar, and porous media flow can also be included in your model, as well as diffusion transport in concentrated electrolytes. In addition, heat can be accounted for directly through the reaction kinetics or by using the add-on Liquid & Gas Properties Module. By adding these modules to the COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation platform, you can model units, equipment, and devices, such as chemical reactors, mixing and separation, electrokinetic effects, batteries, fuel cells and electrolyzers, corrosion processes and mitigation, and electrodeposition.

In this session, we will cover the different electrochemistry and chemistry add-on products and show examples of how they can be used together to model electrochemical and chemical phenomena.

3:45 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

COMSOL Speakers

Lauren Sansone
Senior Sales Events Manager

Lauren Sansone is the senior sales events manager at COMSOL, Inc. and has been with COMSOL since 2006. She is responsible for the global event marketing of COMSOL Days, the COMSOL Conference, exhibitions, and training.

David Kan
Vice President of Sales

David Kan is COMSOL's vice president of sales for the southwestern region of the US. He set up the Los Angeles branch office of COMSOL in 2001 and received a PhD in applied mathematics from UCLA in 1999.

Andrew Strikwerda
Lead Application Engineer

Andrew Strikwerda is a lead application engineer at COMSOL specializing in electromagnetics. He received his PhD in physics from Boston University and conducted postgraduate research at the Technical University of Denmark. He was a senior staff scientist at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics Laboratory and taught in the JHU Whiting School of Engineering.

Andrzej Bielecki
Applications Engineer

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.

Vignesh Gurusamy
Applications Engineer

Vignesh Gurusamy joined COMSOL in 2021 as an applications engineer specializing in low-frequency electromagnetics. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he worked on electrical motors and medium-frequency transformers.

Siva Sashank Tholeti
Senior Applications Engineer

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.

Mranal Jain
Senior Applications Engineer

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.

Jaymin Patel
Applications Engineer

Jaymin Patel is an applications engineer at COMSOL. His focus is on products related to CFD, heat transfer, and chemical engineering. He received his master's degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Niloofar Kamyab
Senior Applications Engineer

Niloofar Kamyab is a senior applications engineer at COMSOL with a focus on electrochemistry, including batteries and fuel cells. She received her PhD in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina, where her research focused on the mathematical modeling of battery systems.

Maria Iuga-Römer
Applications Manager

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.

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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 14 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.

Mark McCrea University of Winnipeg

Mark McCrea started research in physics in precision doing experiments of precision measurements of fundamental constants in 2017 at the University of Manitoba, where he earned his PhD in physics. He has continued to perform research in this area of physics first as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kentucky and later moving to the University of Winnipeg as a research associate.