October 22-24

You are invited to attend the COMSOL Conference 2018 to advance your numerical simulation skills and connect with fellow modeling and design experts. This event focuses on multiphysics simulation and its applications. A great variety of sessions offers everything from inspiring keynotes by industry leaders to one-on-one meetings with application engineers and developers. You can customize the program to your own specific needs whether the purpose is learning new modeling techniques or connecting with fellow users of the COMSOL® software. Join us at the COMSOL Conference to:

  • Stay up-to-date with current multiphysics modeling tools and technologies
  • Pick up new simulation techniques in a variety of minicourses and workshops
  • Present a paper or poster and gain recognition for your design and research work
  • Interact with your colleagues in industry-specific panel discussions
  • Get assistance for your modeling problems at demo stations
  • Learn how to build and deploy simulation apps for your team or organization
  • Draw inspiration for your next design innovation from leaders in multiphysics simulation

Schedule October 22-24

Registration Opens, Welcome Coffee
  • This minicourse is for those who are just starting out with COMSOL Multiphysics® or want a refresher on the graphical user interface (GUI) and modeling workflow. During this session, the fundamentals of using the COMSOL® software will be demonstrated.

  • In this minicourse, you will learn about modeling conductive and convective heat transfer with COMSOL Multiphysics®, the Heat Transfer Module, the CFD Module, and the Subsurface Flow Module. Conductive heat transfer modeling addresses heat transfer through solids and can include heat transfer in thin layers, contact thermal resistance, and phase change. Convective heat transfer addresses heat transfer in solids and fluids. We will also address natural convection induced by buoyancy forces.

  • Whether you choose to construct a geometry in the COMSOL Desktop® or import it from a CAD file, this minicourse will demonstrate some useful tools. Did you know that COMSOL Multiphysics® can automatically generate the cross section of a solid object and you can use it for a 2D simulation? Or that you can directly import topographic data to create 3D objects? Generating a geometry is also about preparing selections for physics settings. By using the right selection tools, you can easily automate the modeling workflow, even when this involves simulations on widely different versions of a geometry. Attend this minicourse to see a demonstration of these techniques and more.

  • In this minicourse, we will cover the Microfluidics Module, which features custom interfaces for the simulation of microfluidic devices and rarefied gas flows. Single-phase flow capabilities include both Newtonian and non-Newtonian flow. Beyond its single-phase flow capabilities, this module also allows for two-phase flow simulations to capture surface tension forces, capillary forces, and Marangoni effects. Typical applications include lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices, digital microfluidics, electrokinetic and magnetokinetic devices, inkjets, and vacuum systems.

  • In this minicourse, we will cover the use of the RF Module for simulating Maxwell's equations in the high-frequency electromagnetic wave regime. We will discuss applications in resonant cavity analysis, antenna modeling, transmission lines and waveguides, and scattering. Then, we will address the coupling of electromagnetic wave simulations to heat transfer, such as in RF heating.

  • Many different physical phenomena are coupled to the deformation of solids. In this minicourse, you will get an overview of how to model fluid-structure interaction, thermal stresses and thermoelastic damping, electromechanical forces, magnetostriction, piezoelectricity, poroelasticity, and acoustic-structure interaction. The built-in multiphysics couplings are highlighted, together with examples of how to create your own couplings.

Welcome Keynote
  • Svante Littmarck, COMSOL, Inc.
Demo Stations, Exhibition, and Poster Session Open
User Presentations
Coffee Break
Keynote Session
  • Drying of Soft Cellular Foods: Multiscale and Conjugate Modeling Perspectives

    In this talk, I will share our latest modeling research on convective drying processes for soft cellular materials, such as fruits. I will show how multiscale modeling from the cellular scale up to the dryer scale can increase our understanding of what changes inside these exciting materials during drying. Furthermore, I will illustrate the importance and impact of a conjugate coupling of the moisture transport in the porous material to that in the turbulent airflow around it. Finally, I will discuss how we use modeling to optimize convective dehydration processes, such as solar and electrohydrodynamic drying.

  • How Nexans Increases the Cost-Effectiveness of Cable Assets Using Multiphysics Simulation

    Nexans provides an extensive range of cable solutions to worldwide actors of the electricity value chain, from generation to consumption. Recent evolutions in the global electricity market, such as the targets for increasing the share of renewable energy and decreasing energy consumption, require further optimization of cable assets. This talk will present how combining heat transfer, electric field, magnetic field, and fluid dynamics calculations in COMSOL Multiphysics® opens new perspectives to further increase the cost-effectiveness and reliability of complex cable systems.

Minicourses, Workshops, and Panel Discussions
  • In this minicourse, we will walk you through the meshing techniques that are available to you in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We will introduce you to basic meshing concepts, such as how to tweak the meshing parameters for unstructured meshes. More advanced topics include working with swept meshes and creating mesh plots. You will also learn a useful technique for meshing imported CAD designs: How to hide small geometry features from the mesher.

  • Radiative heat transfer is one of the three types of heat transfer and plays a major role in many applications. During this session, we will focus on the features for modeling surface-to-surface radiation for gray surfaces or multiple spectral bands, such as solar and infrared radiation. We will discuss different examples in order to help identify cases where thermal radiation has to be accounted for.

    Defining ambient conditions is a key point in the model definition, especially when solar radiation is accounted for, but there are also other cases. We will review the different means to define the ambient condition and how use them for conduction, convection, and radiation in heat transfer models.

  • Learn how to efficiently simulate incompressible and compressible turbulent flows in this CFD minicourse. The CFD Module allows for accurate multiphysics flow simulations, such as conjugate heat transfer with nonisothermal flow and fluid-structure interactions. We will also discuss physics interfaces for simulating flow in porous media, discrete and homogeneous two-phase flow, and flow in stirred vessels with rotating parts.

  • COMSOL Multiphysics® gives you precise control over the way in which your multiphysics models are solved. In this minicourse, we will cover the fundamental numerical techniques and underlying algorithms used for steady-state models and explain the reasons behind the default solver settings. Building upon this knowledge, you will learn various techniques for achieving or accelerating convergence of nonlinear multiphysics models.

  • The Wave Optics Module offers both full-wave modeling of Maxwell's equations and the beam envelope method. The beam envelope method is particularly useful for modeling optical waveguiding structures, where the field envelope varies slowly along the direction of propagation. This minicourse introduces the use of the beam envelope method and how it contrasts with full-wave models. Optical scattering from periodic structures, such as gratings, will also be covered.

  • Virtual prototypes and digital twins play a major role in the development process across industries. This is also true when dealing with acoustics, from designing audio systems in cars and optimizing miniature transducer performance in mobile devices to designing muffler systems. Common to these applications is the need to use different modeling strategies depending on the frequency range, model size, and details included in the physics used. The integration of simulations and testing is also important.

Ice Breaker Reception
Registration, Welcome Coffee
Minicourses, Workshops, and Panel Discussions
  • The Application Builder, included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, allows you to wrap your COMSOL Multiphysics® models in user-friendly interfaces. This minicourse will cover the two main components of the Application Builder: the Form Editor and the Method Editor. You will learn how to use the Form Editor to add buttons, sliders, input and output objects, and more. You will also learn how to use the Method Editor and other tools to efficiently write methods to extend the functionality of your apps.

  • Changes in the temperature of a material can lead to a change in material phase, from solid to liquid to gas. The evaporation and condensation of water are very common cases of phase change. This minicourse will introduce you to moisture transport and the various types of phase change modeling that can be done with COMSOL Multiphysics® and the Heat Transfer Module. We will address the relative merits and tradeoffs between these techniques.

  • In this minicourse, we will address the modeling of resistive and capacitive devices with the AC/DC Module. We will also cover the calculation of electric fields under steady-state, transient, and frequency-domain conditions, as well as the extraction of lumped parameters such as capacitance matrices. Applications include the modeling of resistive heating and sensor design.

  • In this minicourse, we will discuss and demonstrate recent additions to the functionality for creating and importing geometry and generating meshes in COMSOL Multiphysics®. We will cover topics such as the automatic removal of small details from geometry, using variable dependent size expressions for mesh generation, defining coordinate systems based on work planes and geometry orientations, setting up selections during the import of printed circuit board geometries, and more.

  • COMSOL Multiphysics® includes a set of powerful implicit time-stepping algorithms for fast and accurate solutions to transient models. In this minicourse, you will learn how to pick a solver based on the problem at hand, measure and control computational error, as well as check convergence and other salient issues in time-dependent analyses using the finite element method.

  • Attend this update training minicourse for a roundup of major news for acoustics and structural analysis.

  • By Synopsys

    This minicourse demonstrates the ease of obtaining high-quality models from 3D image data in the Synopsys Simpleware™ software for use in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The workflow of processing 3D image data (e.g., from MRI, CT, Micro-CT, and FIB-SEM) to create models for life sciences, materials, and manufacturing applications will be outlined and demonstrated. Learn about the capabilities of the Simpleware™ software for image visualization, segmentation, analysis, and model generation. Examples will also be shown of workflows and case studies combining the Simpleware™ software and the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

    Simpleware is a trademark of Synopsys, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Coffee Break
Keynote Session
  • Modern-Day Audio Systems: Better, Faster, Smaller

    An audio loudspeaker is inherently a multiphysics apparatus: It converts an electrical signal to acoustic waves by moving a structural membrane via an electromechanical voice coil. As the signal travels from the record medium to the human ear, coupled linear as well as nonlinear mechanisms influence the sound quality at every stage. Finite element simulations have become an indispensable tool for the design of high-quality transducers and sound systems under modern-day design and time constraints. I will present several case studies that illustrate how simulation, optimization, and specialized applications are enabling engineers at Samsung to develop world-class audio products.

  • Revolutionizing the Hair Styling Industry with Simulation

    The continual development of advances in the hair styling industry requires constant innovation. That means making it easier, quicker, and safer for people to style their hair without causing damage and with longer-lasting results. Making sure that people can use our products daily without causing any damage is key to continued success. In this presentation, we’ll be highlighting some of the ways in which GHD uses the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to develop groundbreaking technologies in the hair styling industry.

User Presentations
  • Learn how to use the Particle Tracing Module to compute the paths of ions and electrons in external electric and magnetic fields. The external fields can be entered as expressions or solved for using a different physics interface, then coupled to the Charged Particle Tracing interface. Typical applications include mass spectrometry, accelerator physics, ion optics, and etching. You will learn how to use a probabilistic approach to simulate the collisions between these ions or electrons and a rarefied background gas. We will also discuss the analysis of nonlaminar charged particle beams and self-consistent modeling of bidirectionally coupled particle-field interactions.

  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to define chemical kinetics, thermodynamic properties, and transport properties for models of reacting systems using the Chemical Reaction Engineering Module. We will address topics including homogeneous and surface reactions, diffusion and convection in diluted and concentrated solutions, thermal effects on transport and reactions, and mass and heat transfer in heterogeneous catalysis.

  • Magnetic fields arise due to magnets and the flow of current. In this minicourse, you will learn about using the AC/DC Module to model static, transient, and frequency-domain magnetic fields that arise around magnets and coils. We will introduce various ways of modeling magnetically permeable materials, motors, and generators.

  • The Optimization Module will take you beyond traditional engineering analysis and into the design process. In this minicourse, you will learn to use gradient-based optimization techniques and constraint equations to define and solve problems in shape, parameter, and topology optimization, as well as inverse modeling. The techniques shown in this minicourse are applicable for almost all types of models.

  • When presenting your results, the quality of the postprocessing will determine the impact of your presentation. This minicourse will thoroughly explore the many tools in the Results node designed to make your data look its best, including mirroring, revolving symmetric data, cut planes, cut lines, exporting data, joining or comparing multiple data sets, as well as animations.

  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to model problems within the field of structural dynamics. The course covers eigenfrequency analysis, frequency-domain analysis, time-domain analysis, and modal superposition. You will learn how to select appropriate and efficient methods. Damping models, nonlinearities, linearization, and prestressed analysis are other important topics. You will also get a brief overview of the Multibody Dynamics Module and Rotordynamics Module.

  • Learn about news for thermal modeling in this update training minicourse. Upgrades of the Heat Transfer Module will be discussed as well as its multiphysics couplings with other modules for electromagnetics, structural, and fluid flow simulation.

User Presentations
Coffee Break
Minicourses, Workshops, and Panel Discussions
  • Learn how to use the Application Builder and the Method Editor to automate your model building, including setting up the geometry, material properties, loads, and boundary conditions; meshing; solving; and extracting data. You will learn how the Application Builder can be a powerful tool in your modeling process.

  • Partial differential equations (PDEs) constitute the mathematical foundation to describe the laws of nature. This minicourse will introduce you to the techniques for constructing your own linear or nonlinear PDE systems. You will also learn how to add ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and algebraic equations to your model.

  • This minicourse is focused on modeling all kinds of transducers. The transduction from an electric signal to an acoustic signal, including the mechanical path, is a true multiphysics application. We will set up a simple model using the built-in multiphysics couplings and also look at other modeling techniques, like combining lumped models with FEM or BEM. The analysis can be done in the frequency domain or extended to the time domain, where nonlinear effects can be included. You will also learn about recent news and additions to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software relevant to the topic. Application areas include, but are not limited to, mobile devices, piezotransducers, loudspeakers, headsets, and speaker cabinets.

  • The Semiconductor Module enables the drift-diffusion modeling of semiconductor devices and modeling quantum systems with the Schrödinger equation. This minicourse focuses on practical topics such as model setup, results visualization, circuit and multiphysics couplings, and best practices, by examining a few tutorial models selected from the Application Libraries.

  • Stay current with new modeling capabilities for fluid flow and chemical simulations through this update training minicourse.

  • Simulation and modeling are becoming an integral part of development processes for power electromagnetic systems in the age of sustainable energy resources, electromobility, wireless charging, and the transformation of the electrical grid. Design optimization, protection, and control as well as the thermal management of electromagnetic converters; transducers; filters; and circuit breakers, bearings, and drive systems can benefit massively from the predictive power of multiphysics simulation. In this session, we will discuss current trends and new challenges in modeling EM systems with high voltages, high currents, or high power consumption.

Poster Session
Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Registration Opens, Welcome Coffee
Minicourses, Workshops, and Panel Discussions
  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to define and solve problems in electrodeposition, corrosion protection, and corrosion studies. These systems all involve mass and charge transfer coupled to electrochemical reactions at deforming metal surfaces. We will look at two different approaches: one that treats the surface deformation as a variable and a second approach that treats the surface deformation with moving mesh. The most common type of study for these systems is the time-dependent study, but we will also briefly look at electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) studies.

  • The Application Builder, included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, allows you to wrap your COMSOL Multiphysics® models in user-friendly interfaces. This minicourse will cover the two main components of the Application Builder: the Form Editor and the Method Editor. You will learn how to use the Form Editor to add buttons, sliders, input and output objects, and more. You will also learn how to use the Method Editor and other tools to efficiently write methods to extend the functionality of your apps.

  • In this minicourse, we will study different classes of problems involving acoustic propagation in fluids. This ranges from propagation in large domains, such as rooms or the ocean, to transmission through small perforations where thermal and viscous losses are important. Detailed modeling of the propagation in moving fluids is also discussed. This is, for example, the case in a muffler with a nonisothermal background flow. You will also learn about recent news and additions to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software relevant to the topic. Application areas include, but are not limited to, muffler design, sound insulation materials, room and car acoustics, and flow meters.

  • Lagrangian particle tracking is often used as a complement to Eulerian methods that solve for fluid flow fields. In this course, we will explain how to use the Particle Tracing Module to predict the motion of solid particles, droplets, and bubbles in a surrounding fluid. We will outline some of the myriad built-in forces included in the Particle Tracing for Fluid Flow interface, including lift, drag, electromagnetic, thermophoretic, and acoustophoretic forces. You will also learn how to accurately model particle dispersion in a turbulent flow.

  • Solving large and complex finite element models can take significant time and computational resources. In this minicourse, we will address the modeling techniques that you should be aware of and then go into the choice of solvers for large models. We will cover the differences between the various solvers in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software in terms of their time and memory usage.

  • This course will introduce some of the most common types of plasmas, including inductively coupled, DC, microwave, and capacitively coupled plasmas. In addition to learning about the differences between each type of discharge, the minicourse will show how to set up a model of a capacitively coupled plasma using a revolutionary new method available in the Plasma Module.

  • Materials Processing and Additive Manufacturing

    Once an engineering design has been optimized by simulation and modeling, it is typically translated into a real-world object by materials processing methods, such as cutting, drilling, welding, texturing, grinding, and polishing as well as printing, sintering, and molding. As those methods themselves constitute multiphysics processes, their inclusion in the simulation process brings new opportunities to the optimization of manufacturing. In this session, we will discuss how multiphysics simulation can help address design challenges encountered in materials processing and additive manufacturing.

Coffee Break
Keynote Session
  • Process Simulation at Huntsman Advanced Materials

    Huntsman Advanced Materials is a leading global chemical solutions provider with a long heritage of pioneering technologically advanced epoxy-, acrylic-, and polyurethane-based polymer products. Process simulation is used to support our customers in material selection and to demonstrate opportunities to optimize their production. This presentation provides an overview of how simulation is used to support our customers. Additionally, the presentation discusses how the COMSOL Server™ product was used to make simulation know-how accessible to a large group of people within the company, enhancing their material knowledge and process understanding. COMSOL is a registered trademark of COMSOL AB

  • Use of the COMSOL Multiphysics® Modules for the Design of the EPFLoop Hyperloop Pod

    The Hyperloop is a concept system targeting passenger transportation, aiming to carry people and goods over dedicated pods running at 1200 km/h in high-vacuum tubes. Within the framework of the SpaceX 2018 Hyperloop pod design competition, the EPFLoop team illustrates how the COMSOL software was a fundamental tool to design the EPFLoop pod prototype. Designing the aeroshell and validating the stability system of the pod, braking system, and carbon fiber components have been just some of the challenging aspects that have been addressed thanks to the coupled add-on modules implemented with COMSOL Multiphysics®.

User Presentations
Demo Stations, Exhibition, and Poster Session Close
  • In this minicourse, you will learn to model batteries with a focus on lithium-ion batteries, including transport of ions, porous electrodes, and electrode reactions. You will also get an introduction to the corresponding couplings to heat transport for performing thermal simulations. We will address how to simulate various transient phenomena such as constant current-constant voltage (CCCV) charge/discharge cycling, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and capacity fade.

  • Learn how to use COMSOL Server™ to deploy apps created with COMSOL Multiphysics® and spread the use of simulation. This minicourse will introduce you to working with the administration web page, managing user accounts and privileges, uploading and managing apps, monitoring usage, and configuring system-level settings.

  • COMSOL Multiphysics® contains a large number of built-in material models for solid materials. In this minicourse, you will get an overview of common material models for metals, elastomers, soils, concrete, and shape memory alloys. Phenomena like plasticity, creep, viscoplasticity, hyperelasticity, and damage will be discussed. You will also learn how to augment the capacity of the program by creating your own material models, either by equation-based modeling or by programming in C-code. Finally, the relation between measurements and material properties will be discussed.

  • Porous media surrounds us, whether it is the ground beneath us, paper products, filters, or even biological tissue. In this minicourse, we will explore flow and diffusion in porous media as well as how to treat partially saturated media. We will also cover coupled systems including linked free and porous flows; poroelasticity; and mass convection-diffusion in forced, gravity-fed, and density-driven flows.

  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to use the Ray Optics Module to trace rays of light and other high-frequency radiation through optically large systems. We will explain how to model ray propagation in homogeneous and graded-index media; analyze ray intensity and polarization; and apply boundary conditions including refraction, diffuse reflection, and specular reflection. We will discuss application areas including cameras, telescopes, laser focusing systems, spectrometers, and concentrated solar power systems. You will also learn how to apply the Ray Optics Module in a multiphysics context by considering structural and thermal effects.

  • This course builds upon the Solving Larger Models minicourse and addresses how to select hardware for computationally challenging multiphysics models. Solver performance is inextricably linked to computer architecture and this course will cover how factors such as memory bandwidth, processor speed, and architecture address solution times.

Conference Ends

  • All registered conference attendees are invited to join us on a post-conference guided tour to CERN.

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Conference Venue

SwissTech Convention Center

Quartier Nord EPFL
Route Louis-Favre 2
1024 Ecublens

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Motorway vignette (costs CHF 40) is compulsory in Switzerland and is available from gas stations, post offices, and service stations.

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2. Parking Les Arcades for CHF 30/day in 2-minute walk to/from the venue.


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