Using the Help Tools in COMSOL Multiphysics® for Modeling Guidance

Amelia Halliday January 10, 2017

The COMSOL Multiphysics® software helps you find solutions to your engineering questions, but you may also have questions on using the simulation software itself. Therefore, we’ve created resources to guide your modeling process. In this blog post, we discuss three help tools that you can access in COMSOL Multiphysics: the Help window, Documentation window, and Application Library. We also link to a video that shows you how to access and use these tools at the end of this post.

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Linus Andersson January 5, 2017

Dolphins and bats have relied on echolocation for millions of years. Yet, it would take until the early 1900s before humans first developed and used sonar. Not long after came the first countermeasure: the anechoic coating. Today, we’ll look at how you can model the reduction in echo that this provides using COMSOL Multiphysics®. Similar modeling techniques can also be used for other periodic structures, such as perforates, phononic crystals, and various sound absorbers.

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Fanny Littmarck January 4, 2017

If an inkjet printhead nozzle is poorly designed, it will lead to a low-quality end product — whether it’s used in a 2D or 3D printer, the fabrication of an integrated circuit, or even DNA synthesis. With simulation, you can determine the ideal printhead nozzle dimensions to achieve precise material deposition. And with the COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software, you can save time by turning your model into an app for use by other project stakeholders.

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Brianne Costa January 3, 2017

When designing needles for drug delivery, one major challenge is balancing the comfort of the patient with the effectiveness of the injection. By applying an approach that combines “first principles” thinking and modeling, Eli Lilly and Company optimized the design of a needle for an insulin injection pen, while keeping patient experience in mind. In a keynote talk from the COMSOL Conference 2016 Boston, Bernard McGarvey of Eli Lilly discusses this process.

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Bridget Cunningham January 2, 2017

When a reciprocating engine’s crankshaft is under rotation, self-excited vibrations occur. These vibrations result from the eccentricity of the crank pin and balance masses on the mechanical part. Here, we’ll accurately study the response of the rotors and the orbits of the mass balances on the shaft with the Rotordynamics Module, a new add-on product to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and Structural Mechanics Module. From these results, you can improve a crankshaft’s design to reduce vibrations, while optimizing engine performance.

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Angela Straccia December 30, 2016

There are many ways to experimentally measure pressure in a fluid. When setting up a CFD model, it is important to use the correct definition of pressure for assigning boundary conditions and defining the material properties. Today, we’ll explain the difference between relative and absolute pressure, why the COMSOL Multiphysics® software solves CFD problems using relative pressure, and when to use each definition of pressure in your models.

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Caty Fairclough December 29, 2016

When whales dive beneath the ocean’s surface, what do they do? To answer this question, wildlife researchers need to track these enormous creatures for long periods of time and across great distances. To help with this challenging task, there is a new long-lasting tracking device called the advanced dive behavior (ADB) tag. With this device, researchers can enhance their understanding of whales as well as investigate ocean conditions and the effects of climate change.

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Bridget Cunningham December 26, 2016

Designing MEMS devices, such as piezoresistive pressure sensors, comes with challenges. For instance, accurately describing the operation of these devices requires the integration of various physics. With the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, you can easily couple multiphysics simulations in order to test a device’s performance and generate reliable results. Today, we’ll look at one example that showcases such capabilities.

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Ed Fontes December 23, 2016

Natural convection is a phenomenon found in many science and engineering applications, such as electronics cooling, indoor climate systems, and environmental transport problems. The CFD and Heat Transfer modules in version 5.2a of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software include functionality that makes it easier to set up and solve natural convection problems. In this blog post, we give an overview of natural convection, the new functionality, and some of the difficulties that we may stumble upon when modeling natural convection.

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Caty Fairclough December 22, 2016

In 3D printers, suboptimal cooling and cure rates can negatively affect the manufactured parts and components. By optimizing a 3D printer’s design, we can ensure the quality of the printed objects. One research group used simulation to analyze the cooling process and the resulting glass-transition temperature of the polymer in a 3D printer. Let’s look at how they modeled the extrusion of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) from a 3D printer that uses fused-deposition modeling (FDM®).

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Jeff Hiller December 20, 2016

Do you find yourself creating new models in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software faster than you can launch them interactively in the COMSOL Desktop® environment? If having to wait for your current model to finish solving before launching the next one does not sound appealing, it’s time to learn how to run your simulations in Batch mode from the command line. As it turns out, this is quite a simple process.

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