Overview of the COMSOL Conference 2013 Minicourses

Walter Frei August 23, 2013
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The COMSOL Conference 2013 will be a great opportunity for you to learn about the use of the COMSOL Multiphysics® family of products. Today, I’ll talk a little bit about the various minicourses, how they fit together, and how you can decide which minicourses to attend.

COMSOL Conference 2009 minicourse attendee

COMSOL Conference 2013 Minicourse Schedule

We’ll be offering a total of twenty-eight different minicourses taught by COMSOL staff, and another two that will be taught by conference sponsors from SpaceClaim® and Simpleware®. There will be three concurrent sessions offered on Wednesday, and two on Thursday and Friday. The courses are divided up into five different categories based on how they fit into the learning process.

The COMSOL Conference 2013 begins with a one-hour Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics tutorial. This course will show you the enhanced workflow added to the COMSOL Desktop®, and will walk you through an example highlighting the new capabilities. This tutorial will be a great introduction to the new release and will serve as a refresher for all users. From there, you will be free to choose from a variety of courses that are of greatest interest to you.

Fundamental Functionality

There will be a set of courses addressing the Fundamental Functionality of COMSOL Multiphysics. These are designed to be broadly applicable to all users and will not spend much time dwelling on the nuances of any particular physics. The Fundamental Functionality courses represent the set of knowledge that all users will need at some point in their modeling careers. It is composed of a series of seven courses, which are outlined below.

Starting with the Geometry Modeling & CAD Import minicourse, you will learn how to efficiently set up or import a geometry. Then you will move on to the Meshing course, where you will learn techniques for efficient meshing (an important skill for computationally demanding models). The Solvers minicourse will teach you how COMSOL solves finite element problems, while the Equation-Based Modeling minicourse will show you how to set up your own governing equations along with some other special tricks. From there, the Optimization minicourse will teach you how to go about improving the designs you are analyzing. If you’re interested in scripting, you’ll want to be sure to attend the LiveLink™ for MATLAB® tutorial. Finally, the Postprocessing minicourse will show how to efficiently extract data from your model and present your results in the best light. The last Fundamental Functionality course will focus on the COMSOL Builder Tools, and is intended for users interested in customizing the interface to fit their organizations’ needs.

COMSOL Conference training session

In parallel, there will be a series of minicourses targeted at users of specific modules or functionality. These are designed to be as specific as possible, and you should attend these if the topic is of immediate interest. These minicourses are divided into four physics categories: Fluid, Electrical, Mechanical, and Chemical.


The Fluid minicourses start with Heat Transfer, a topic of broad interest to almost all of our users, regardless of the module(s) they are using. A significant part of the course will focus on the coupling of fluid flow and heat transfer and convective heat transfer, but radiative and conductive heat transfer will also be covered. Next, the Pipe Flow and the Porous Media Flow minicourses will focus solely on the functionality of the Pipe Flow Module and Subsurface Flow Modules, respectively. There will also be two minicourses on fluid flow: CFD I, Microfluidics and Laminar Flow; and CFD II, Turbulent and High Mach Number Flow, designed to address the scope of fluid flow modeling alone, from the microfluidic regime all the way through to high Mach number flow. These two courses are broadly targeted to users interested in any kind of fluid flow modeling. In Boston and Rotterdam, there will also be a minicourse on Particle Tracing, which will address modeling of particles in fields.


The Electrical minicourses are organized by module. The RF & Microwaves, AC/DC, and MEMS minicourses will address the use of those specific modules. The Wave Optics minicourse will focus only on the differentiating functionality in the newly released Wave Optics Module. The final minicourse session will be devoted to the scope and usage of the Semiconductor Module.


The Mechanical minicourses will start by addressing structural mechanics, and the computation of stresses and deflections in solids. From there, the Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) minicourse will go over the coupling of structural mechanics to fluid flow. The Acoustics & Vibrations minicourse will focus almost exclusively on the functionality of the Acoustics Module and the modeling of structures and acoustic fields. The Nonlinear Structural Materials Modeling minicourse will address the usage of the Geomechanics and the Nonlinear Structural Materials Module. In addition, we will also be teaching a minicourse on the Multibody Dynamics and Fatigue modules.


The Chemical minicourses have been planned around specific Modules, namely the Chemical Reaction Engineering, Batteries & Fuel Cells, Electrochemistry, Corrosion, and Electrodeposition modules.


In addition, conference sponsors from SpaceClaim will be offering a course on Fluid and Thermal Analysis Prep with SpaceClaim, which will be taught by one of their specialists, and Simpleware will be presenting the usage of their tool for preparing a mesh from image and scan data.

Suggestions for Choosing Minicourses

If you are a newer user, you will probably want to attend two or three different specialty courses, and spend the rest of your time attending the Fundamental courses. Experienced users may benefit from attending the more specialized courses to get up to speed quickly with an area or module that they may not be familiar with, but chances are you can pick up many new tips & tricks in the Fundamental Functionality courses as well. Keep a good mix of the two, and take the opportunity to meet with the instructors — they are specialists in the subjects they are teaching and will always be interested in hearing your thoughts and feedback!

COMSOL Conference minicourse instructor and student

If you do not get to attend all of the sessions you would like to, we will be distributing the material presented at the minicourses to all attendees after the conference.

Minicourse Schedules

Boston and Rotterdam Locations

Wednesday: 9:00am – 10:00am Pre-Conference Minicourse: Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics
Fundamental Electrical Fluid Mechanical Chemical Interfacing
Wednesday: 10:30am – 12:00pm Geometry Modeling & CAD Import RF & Microwaves Heat Transfer Structural Mechanics
Wednesday: 1:00pm – 2:30pm Meshing AC/DC Pipe Flow FSI
Wednesday: 4:30pm – 6:00pm Solvers MEMS Porous Media Flow Acoustics & Vibrations
Thursday: 8:30am – 10:00am Equation Based Modeling Wave Optics CFD I, Microfluidics and Laminar Flow Nonlinear Structural Materials Modeling Fluid and Thermal Analysis Prep with SpaceClaim®
Thursday: 4:00pm – 5:30pm Optimization CFD II, Turbulent and High Mach Number Flow Chemical Reaction Engineering LiveLink™ for MATLAB®
Friday: 9:00am – 10:30am Postprocessing Semiconductors Multibody Dynamics & Fatigue Batteries & Fuel Cells
Friday: 1:30pm – 3:00pm COMSOL Builder Tools Particle Tracing Electrochemistry, Corrosion, & Electrodeposition

Bangalore Location

Fundamental Electrical Fluid Mechanical Chemical Interfacing
11:00am – 12:30pm
  • Introduction to COMSOL
  • Geometry Modeling & CAD
  • Heat Transfer
  • CFD I, Microfluidics and Laminar Flow
Structural Mechanics & Nonlinear Structural Materials
5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Meshing
  • Productivity Gains with Multiphysics Simulation
  • MEMS
  • RF & Microwaves
Pipe Flow FSI Chemical Reaction Engineering
9:00am – 10:30am
Introduction to COMSOL Semiconductors CFD II, Turbulent and High Mach Number Flow Multibody Dynamics & Fatigue Electrochemistry, Corrosion, & Electrodeposition
2:45pm – 4:15pm
Solvers Wave Optics Acoustics & Vibrations Batteries & Fuel Cells LiveLink™ for MATLAB®
4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Equation Based Modeling
  • COMSOL Builder Tools
  • Postprocessing
  • Optimization

Register for Minicourses

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