Fanny Littmarck | October 24, 2012

It’s no secret that there’s a lot of guesswork involved in oil production. Oil companies make “Big Money” decisions based on estimates – estimates with huge margins of error. What’s more, there is an incredible amount of risk involved, but with the potential for a large pay-off if all goes according to plan. The plan is based on “best guesses” and less than perfect data. Still, there are many big players in the oil industry that are doing very well […]

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Cinzia Iacovelli | October 23, 2012

When you work with multiphysics all day you tend to notice physics phenomena everywhere you go. For me, one such moment was when I was walking on the beach this past summer. I noticed that the sand appears whiter around a person’s feet than elsewhere. You may have noticed this too, and like I, wondered “why?” This phenomenon can be explained by the theory of poroelasticity.

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Lars Fromme | October 19, 2012

As you probably know by now, the European COMSOL Conference took place in Milan, Italy on October 10-12. As Phil has already mentioned in his blog posts, it was truly a remarkable event and I would like to share some of my impressions with you as well. This year’s program was packed with a wealth of very exciting presentations, training opportunities, and networking events.

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Phil Kinnane | October 18, 2012

As much as we would like to think that finite element analysis (FEA) is the be-all and end-all of simulations, it’s not true. There is also a camp of engineers out there that model integrated circuits and similar systems. These are based on different physics and equations than what FEA typically solves for. Yet, as is happening more and more in the world of virtual prototyping, the two types of simulations are converging. Now they need to integrate with each […]

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Fanny Littmarck | October 17, 2012

About a month ago we had a webinar on CFD, and one of the demonstrated examples was the modeling of fluid flow from an inkjet. This technology has many applications and is a great example of how accurate CFD simulation is being used in the design process.

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Fanny Littmarck | October 16, 2012

These days, RFID tags are used in many applications. Ranging from packing slips to ID badges, RFID tags are embedded into many different objects by businesses everywhere. Once tagged, these can be tracked to improve functions such as inventory management, security, manufacturing processes, and more. You can also implant an RFID tag into animals, such as cattle or pets, so that they can be found in case of theft or loss, for instance. Wild animals that are found far from […]

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Phil Kinnane | October 15, 2012

The “Gonzaga Room” at the COMSOL Conference in Milan was a pleasant setting for an interesting presentation. There, I saw Dejan Grabovickic present his paper titled: “Analysis of Super Imaging Properties of Spherical Geodesic Waveguide Using COMSOL Multiphysics”. His waveguide consisted of two copper spheres about the size of a soccer ball, one inside the other and separated by a very thin gap. I’m happy I attended this particular presentation, as it would later receive one of the Milan Conference […]

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Phil Kinnane | October 12, 2012

On October 10th, the COMSOL Conference transitioned over from the United States to Europe, and I followed along. The big news from our conference in Milan is that over 350 people turned out for the first day alone, and around 100 more over the following days. Something else that struck me was that the facilities for the European COMSOL Conference were quite spectacular. The hotel in Milan was of an antique style, with large paintings that deck the walls of […]

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Niklas Rom | October 11, 2012

Oftentimes when you are working with devices with internal fluid flow, the imported CAD design represents the vessel material. The inside is plainly void. This may leave you clueless since it is inside where you want to create a volume mesh for the flow equations. How can you solve this meshing problem in COMSOL?

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Fanny Littmarck | October 10, 2012

As the conference opened in Milan today, we would like to take a moment and congratulate the COMSOL Conference Boston 2012 paper and poster winners. Three “Best Paper”, two “Best Poster”, and one “Popular Choice” awards were handed out.

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Phil Kinnane | October 9, 2012

While the highlights from the first day of our conference in Boston were about the release of 4.3a, and the second day was arranged around three fantastic guest keynote speakers, the final conference day offered a view into the future — Physics Builder.

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