Jun 19, 2018 Leuven9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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

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Welcoming Remarks

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 creating geometries, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing. We will also highlight new features in COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.3a.

From Model to Application
Coffee Break

Paving the Way Toward Invisible Hearing Implants

Hearing aids amplify and transmit sound through the ear canal to the middle ear. In contrast, the fully implantable Carina® System couples directly to the structures of the middle ear and transmits sound straight to the inner ear. During this talk, it will be demonstrated how the COMSOL Multiphysics® software was used to support the development of the different system components: a subcutaneous microphone that captures the sound through the skin, the microdrive actuator that drives the ossicles, and the inductive link to power the implant.

Carina is a registered trademark of Cochlear Ltd.

Parallel Training
Optics & Photonics

In this minicourse, you will learn about using the RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module for optics and photonics applications.

Solvers and Meshing

Explore the meshing techniques that are available in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and learn about different solver and study types.

Break for Lunch

COMSOL® Project: Ray Tracing

In the last decades, research concerning the design and development of photocatalytic reactors was mainly dominated by using homogeneous light sources like mercury lamps and xenon lamps. Lately, due to the development of efficient LED sources, research in photocatalysis is shifting toward the use of LED sources for photocatalytic reactor design. LEDs are point sources, and if we want to achieve a homogeneous irradiance field, which is the case for mercury lamps, proper design of the LED source is needed and multiple LEDs need to be placed in an array. The design of the LED source and the LED characteristics became an important design step in the development of a photocatalytic reactor. Emission profile, emission angle, LED to LED distance, and heat development are the most important parameters and will determine the source-reactor distance. This presentation will elaborate more on using ray tracing in the COMSOL® software to model the emission profiles of the complete light source. This talk will specifically address two case studies that I had to deal with during my PhD up until now.

Parallel Training
Acoustics and Structural Mechanics

Get a brief overview of using the Acoustics Module and Structural Mechanics Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

Optimization Minicourse

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 are applicable for almost all types of models.

Coffee Break
Parallel Training
CFD and Heat Transfer Minicourse

Get a quick overview of using the CFD Module and Heat Transfer Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

Application Builder

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.

Parallel Training
Low-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

Explore the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® for electromagnetics in the static and low-frequency regime with a focus on the AC/DC Module.

Best Practices for Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

Build a sound foundation for your modeling work. This demonstration will illustrate best practices for the entire workflow in COMSOL Multiphysics® through geometry creation, setting up your physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing the results.

Closing Remarks

COMSOL Day Details


3hoog Leuven
Mechelsevest 90
Leuven 3000

COMSOL Speakers

Frank de Pont
Frank de Pont has been with COMSOL since 2005 and currently works as technical manager for the Benelux office. Before joining COMSOL, he worked as a structural analysis consultant. He received his MSc degree in mechanical engineering from Twente University, Enschede.
Sander Bezuijen
Sander Bezuijen is an applications engineer at COMSOL, where he specializes in fluid dynamics. Before joining COMSOL in 2017, he studied mechanical engineering at Delft University of Technology.
Rien Wesselink
Rien Wesselink is an applications engineer specializing in electrodynamics and joined COMSOL in 2015. Previously, he worked as a PhD student on the first principle studies of spin transport at the University of Twente, where he also studied applied physics.
Tycho van Noorden
Tycho van Noorden is a senior applications engineer and joined COMSOL in 2012. He holds a PhD in applied mathematics and his expertise includes solver techniques, fluid dynamics, and multiscale modeling. As a former assistant professor, he also has extensive experience as a mathematics and modeling instructor.

Invited Speakers

Patrik Kennes
Cochlear Technology Centre
Patrik Kennes received his PhD in bioscience engineering at KU Leuven, Belgium. He then worked for Tenneco Automotive for seven years. There, he was involved in the controller development for the continuously variable semiactive damping system, which continuously adjusts damping levels according to road conditions and vehicle dynamics. Currently, he works at the Cochlear Technology Centre, where he is leading the CAE activities for the development of implantable hearing solutions. His key expertise areas are microactuator design, structural dynamics, and acoustic-structure interaction.
Thomas Claes
KU Leuven
Thomas Claes graduated with a master's in chemical engineering from KU Leuven in 2016. His thesis about the ultrasonic crystallization of pharmaceutical ingredients and, more specifically, the challenges regarding control and scale-up inspired him to start a PhD in the group of Professor Tom Van Gerven. Although it was his thesis topic that inspired him to pursue a career in research, his PhD topic is totally different: the design of photocatalytic reactors.

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