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Walter Frei | August 30, 2013

Recently, I was given a copy of the book Finite Element Modeling Methods for Photonics, by B.M. Azizur Rahman and Arti Agrawal. This book proved to be a good companion to the RF Module and Wave Optics Module for graduate students starting in photonics and new users of COMSOL who would like a very targeted introduction to the field. The website accompanying the book comes with some sample computer codes used by the authors in simulation that readers can use […]

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Alexandra Foley | August 16, 2013

You may be familiar with the humming start of the mechanical fan that turns on when booting up your laptop computer. Such a fan is necessary to prevent electronic devices from overheating, and the accompanying whirring sound of the cooling system is an unavoidable side effect. As electronic devices become smaller, this mechanical fan must decrease in size as well, and therefore spin faster and faster in order to deliver the same amount of heat dissipation as a larger fan. […]

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Daniel Smith | July 11, 2013

There are many necessary steps required in order to create a superior product. Based on some initial (or existing) design, you first need to evaluate the physical characteristics of the system. Once some level of understanding of the system has been obtained, it should then be possible to refine and optimize the design based on some reasonable choice of a figure of merit for a good design. The final stage is to prototype the design, which is where 3D printing […]

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Mads Herring Jensen | July 8, 2013

Last month, the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the Canadian Acoustical Association (CAA) held the 21st joint meeting of the International Congress on Acoustics (ICA) in Montreal, Canada. This joint congress is one of the major acoustics conferences of 2013, featuring a range of parallel sessions that covered most topics in acoustics. These included, among other things, psycho acoustics, underwater acoustics, transducer modeling, acoustics of musical instruments, nonlinear acoustics, and many more. This year’s acoustics conference also featured a […]

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Alexandra Foley | June 28, 2013

It’s been a busy and exciting past few weeks here at COMSOL, with the recent release of COMSOL Multiphysics 4.3b and all the updates it entails. We have been working on quite a bit of release-related content, including creating videos about the capabilities added to the COMSOL family, making updates to the Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics tutorial, and generating many new simulations using the new features and modules. In the same vein, we’ve also been working to put together the […]

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Bjorn Sjodin | June 7, 2013

As computer hardware becomes more powerful and affordable, simulations are becoming commonplace in new disciplines of science and engineering. Food science engineering is one such area, and there is no shortfall of publications using COMSOL Multiphysics for food-related simulations. Such kinds of analyses pretty much always require several types of physics to be practically relevant.

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Lauren Sansone | June 5, 2013

Multiphysics simulation is all around us, although everyone may not realize it. Simulation may be the last thing people consider when cooking breakfast on the stove, driving with their sun-roof open, or crossing a bridge, but behind these routine activities lies a team of engineers and researchers working to make it all possible — perhaps a team you’re part of. I hear bits and pieces of the cool things COMSOL users are doing with the software from my colleagues around […]

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Nandita Roche | May 14, 2013

Are you an engineer under the age of 35, located somewhere in the Asia-Pacific region? If the answer is yes, you are eligible to enter the All IEEE-R10 Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge 2013. The contest aims to engage young engineers to solve humanitarian problems using technology and entrepreneurial leadership. Many innovative project ideas have been submitted to this engineering contest in the past, and the winners have received funding to implement them. This year it could be your project that […]

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Daniel Smith | May 8, 2013

In a paper titled “Choosing a Gate Dielectric for Graphene Based Transistors“, the applications of a semiconducting form of graphene are examined. As we have seen before, single-layer graphene is not a semiconductor, it is a zero bandgap conductor (a semimetal). Efforts are well underway to introduce bandgaps to graphene, which would make it semiconducting with a room temperature mobility an order of magnitude higher than silicon. The race is already underway to find applications for such a material once […]

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Fanny Littmarck | May 3, 2013

We’ve been dropping hints for the past few weeks here on the blog, and the time has finally come when we can officially unveil the release of COMSOL Multiphysics 4.3b. Five new products extend our product suite, and there are plenty of new features to enhance your simulation experience. The latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics is here, and you do not want to miss out on the news.

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Daniel Smith | May 2, 2013

Graphene can be created by way of thermal decomposition at high vacuum. In order to design and optimize these high vacuum systems engineers might look to simulation, but there are currently not many modeling tools that are up to the task. Let’s have a look at how vacuum systems are relevant to graphene production, why you should simulate them, and how.

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