20 Sep 2017 Bristol09:30 - 17:30

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day Bristol for a day of multiphysics modeling training, talks by invited speakers, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other simulation specialists in the COMSOL community.

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This introductory demonstration will show you the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling environment. We will cover all of the key modeling steps, including geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing. We will also highlight new features in COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.3.

Coffee Break
Invited Speakers
Imran Rahman, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Computational Fluid Dynamics as a Tool for Reconstructing the Life Habits of Fossil Organisms

Working out how fossil organisms moved and fed is critical for reconstructing past ecosystems. One approach that can help us to address these questions is computational fluid dynamics (CFD), which enables virtual simulations of fluid flows and their interaction with solid surfaces (including fossils). The results allow us to quantify the functional performance of fossil taxa, informing rigorous tests of hypotheses pertaining to the function and ecology of extinct organisms. In this talk, I will show how the COMSOL Multiphysics® software can be used to carry out CFD simulations for a range of different fossils. These case studies will serve to demonstrate the great potential of CFD for studying the function and ecology of ancient organisms.

Mark Yeoman, Continuum Blue

Winning Tenders with Your Simulation Data

The COMSOL Server™ software and the Application Builder are changing the way engineers do simulations. Not only are COMSOL Server™ and the Application Builder allowing engineers to perform multiphysics simulations at any point and time around the world, but they are also helping users to win a variety of tenders. By giving clients direct access to the simulation tools, Continuum Blue gives their clients the control and flexibility of finding favorable product solutions that suit their specific needs at the right price, without having to continually go through a sales manager. Continuum Blue is helping one such client win tenders by constructing a website that makes use of COMSOL Server™ and simulation apps to create a simulation database for a range of cable-constraining products.

Coffee Break

Learn how to convert a model into a custom app using the Application Builder, which is included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. You can upload your apps to a COMSOL Server™ installation to access and run the apps from anywhere within your organization.

Break for Lunch
High-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

Learn about modeling high-frequency electromagnetic waves using the RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module.

CAD Import and Geometry Minicourse

Learn about best practices when importing CAD geometries and meshes for analyses in COMSOL Multiphysics®. The minicourse will introduce tools in COMSOL Multiphysics® for defeaturing and removal of details from CAD geometries, as well as the necessary preparation of CAD geometries before import, including steps to identify and resolve errors originating from the CAD file.

Coffee Break
Acoustics and Vibrations Minicourse

Get an introduction to the capabilities of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software for modeling the interactions between acoustic waves and structural vibrations, including some tips and tricks for improving both model accuracy and runtime, and learn about advanced postprocessing for acoustic waves.

Solvers Minicourse

Learn the fundamental numerical techniques and underlying algorithms related to linear and nonlinear multiphysics simulations. We will cover the difference between iterative and direct solvers as well as how to take advantage of automatic solver suggestions in COMSOL Multiphysics®.

Coffee Break
Heat Transfer Minicourse

Get a brief overview of using the Heat Transfer Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

Meshing Minicourse

Learn about the meshing tools provided in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We will introduce you to basic meshing concepts, such as how to plot the mesh or tweak the meshing parameters, as well as advanced topics such as swept and mapped meshes.


COMSOL Day Details


Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa
Redcliffe Hill
Bristol BS1 6SQ

COMSOL Speakers

Edmund Dickinson
Edmund Dickinson has worked at COMSOL since 2012 as an application engineer, specializing in chemistry, heat transfer, and fluid flow. He studied chemistry at the University of Oxford and received his doctorate in 2011, researching the electrochemical properties of electrolyte solutions.
Scott Smith
Scott Smith joined COMSOL in July 2015 as an applications engineer specializing in electromagnetics. After completing an MSc in physics and astronomy at Radboud University, he undertook academic research for one year in the areas of redox flow batteries and triboelectric and piezoelectric devices using COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software.
Simone Zonetti
Simone Zonetti joined COMSOL in 2016 as an applications engineer. He received his PhD from the Université catholique de Louvain in 2012, with a thesis on the quantization of the cosmological constant. His previous experience includes research in quantum gravity and glaciology.
Imran Rahman
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, U.K
Dr. Imran Rahman is a palaeobiologist at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, U.K. His research is focused on the palaeobiology and evolution of early animals, especially echinoderms (the group that includes starfish and sea urchins). He studies ancient fossils with the aid of X-ray computed tomography and computational fluid dynamics, shedding light on their anatomy, functional morphology, and evolutionary relationships. He is also interested in the anatomy and development of modern species. Imran is currently funded by a museum research fellowship.
Mark Yeoman
Continuum Blue
Mark Yeoman is the founder of Continuum Blue. He has a degree in engineering and a PhD in computational modeling and applied mathematics, where his postgraduate studies focused on the development of cardiovascular implants using simulation techniques and genetic algorithms for Medtronic, Inc. Before starting Continuum Blue, he was a lecturer in applied dynamics and engineering. With over 20 years of experience in the field of multiphysics modeling, he has worked in, and continues to work in, a variety of industries, including medical, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, and chemical.

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