May 2, 2018 Montreal, Quebec8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day Montreal for a day of minicourses, talks by invited speakers, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other simulation specialists in the COMSOL community. This event will be held in English.

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8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.

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.

9:45 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:00 a.m.

Modeling of the Vibroacoustic Behavior of Hearing Protectors Using the Finite Element Method

One of the reasons why hearing protectors are not fully efficient at protecting against noisy environments is the discomfort they induce. This discomfort may incite an individual to wear his protector incorrectly or to remove it, thereby reducing its performance. Of specific interest is the auditory discomfort that depends on the acoustic pressure value at the eardrum of the protected ear. To reduce this discomfort efficiently, a tool for the acoustical design of the hearing protector device (HPD) that allows for the prediction of the frequency spectrum of the acoustic pressure in the ear canal is useful. This is a complicated issue that requires accounting for all of the sound transmission paths (e.g., airborne and structure-borne) within the head, hearing system, and HPD system. This involves solving coupled exterior and interior problems where incoming external sound waves or internally generated sound interacts with an HPD made up of various solid, poroelastic, and acoustical domains coupled to tissues with complex behavioral laws. In this presentation, we show how the finite element approach can be helpful in predicting and understanding the vibroacoustic frequency behavior of open ears and ears occluded by HPDs such as earmuffs and earplugs, with the aim of optimizing their comfort. In particular, the use of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to solve models of various complexities is considered and discussed. Simulation results are compared with experimental data, analytical models, and other numerical softwares.

10:20 a.m.

Utilisation de COMSOL Multiphysics® dans le programme de robotique d’Hydro-Québec

COMSOL Multiphysics® est l’outil privilégié dans plusieurs domaines de recherche à l’IREQ tels la corrosion, les traitements thermiques, l’immunité électromagnétique et les capteurs de mesure. La présentation portera sur les applications de COMSOL Multiphysics® dans le développement des technologies d’inspection et de systèmes robotiques conçus par l’IREQ. Deux applications récentes seront ciblées: le traitement thermique post-soudage in-situ et la mesure de la protection galvanique des conducteurs aériens. Dans ces deux exemples, COMSOL Multiphysics® est l’outil permettant de développer l’application et d’en comprendre les variables et leur inter dépendances afin de concevoir des algorithmes embarqués sur des systèmes robotisés.

Use of COMSOL Multiphysics® in Hydro-Québec's Robotics Program

COMSOL Multiphysics® is the preferred tool in several research areas at IREQ, such as corrosion, heat treatments, electromagnetic immunity, and measurement sensors. The presentation will focus on the applications of COMSOL Multiphysics® in the development of inspection technologies and robotic systems designed at IREQ. Two recent applications will be presented: in situ postwelding heat treatment and measurement of the galvanic protection of overhead conductors. In these two examples, COMSOL Multiphysics® is the reference tool used to develop the application and to understand the variables and their interdependencies in order to design algorithms embedded in robotic systems.

10:45 a.m.
Coffee Break
11:00 a.m.

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.

11:45 a.m.
Break for Lunch
1:00 p.m.
Parallel Minicourses
CFD and Heat Transfer Minicourse

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

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.

1:45 p.m.
Coffee Break
2:00 p.m.
Parallel Minicoures
Meshing Minicourse

Learn about 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.

High-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

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

2:45 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:00 p.m.
Parallel Minicourses
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 the different study types including stationary, transient, and eigenfrequency analysis.

Acoustics and Vibrations

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.

COMSOL Day Details


Hyatt Regency Montréal
1255 Jeanne-Mance St
Montreal, Quebec H5B 1E5

COMSOL Speakers

Angela Straccia
Angela Straccia is an applications engineer specializing in thermal and fluids engineering. She studied mechanical engineering at Brown University, where she received her BS degree.
Bjorn Sjodin
Bjorn Sjodin is the VP of product management at COMSOL. He has been with COMSOL since 1995 and started out as a member of the development team in Stockholm, Sweden. He joined the COMSOL office in Burlington in 2002.
James Christopher
James Christopher joined COMSOL in 2017 and is currently working as an inside sales associate. He helps to service accounts in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Virginia; Delaware; New York; and Florida.
Jeanette Littmarck
Jeanette Littmarck has 25 years of sales experience at COMSOL and is the sales manager for governmental accounts in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. She joined COMSOL AB in Sweden in 1992 and became the first sales representative for all Scandinavian customers before moving to the Burlington office in 2000.
Jeff Hiller
Jeff Hiller has been with COMSOL since 2003 and is the vice president of sales. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering with graduate experience focusing on various aspects of the finite element method, one of the numerical methods used in the COMSOL® software.
Jinlan Huang
Jinlan Huang is an applications engineer for vibrations and acoustics and instructs acoustics and heat transfer training courses. She received her PhD from Boston University, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, investigating acoustic wave propagation in complex-tissue environments and ultrasound-induced tissue heating and bleeding control. She joined COMSOL in 2011.
Walter Frei
Walter Frei leads the applications team in COMSOL's Burlington office. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working on the optimization of photonic crystal microcavity lasers. He has been with COMSOL since 2008.

Invited Speakers

Franck Sgard
Institut Robert Sauvé en Santé et Sécurité du Travail
Dr. Franck Sgard has a joint PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Sherbrooke and Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon, France. As a professor at Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’Etat, he taught acoustics and developed research activities in acoustics applied to the transportation and building industries, with topics like the design of high-efficiency acoustical materials for sound absorption and insulation, modeling of homogeneous and heterogeneous porous materials, modeling of complex multilayered structures at low frequencies, and characterization of mechanical parameters of porous materials. He now works at the Institut Robert Sauvé en Santé et Sécurité du Travail as the mechanical and physical risk prevention research field leader. His research interests are related to various problems involving noise and vibration in the occupational health and safety field. He has coauthored a book and published more than 170 papers and conference proceedings.
Gilles Rousseau
Inspection and Maintenance Robotics Department, Hydro-Quebec’s IREQ
Gilles Rousseau obtained a bachelor’s degree in physics engineering and an MSc degree in metallurgy from Laval University. He worked for various nondestructive testing (NDT) manufacturers and for the Canadian NDT certification agency from 1984 to 2000. He joined Hydro-Québec in 2000 as the lead expert in reactor-component inspection for the Gentilly-2 nuclear power plant, where he developed several key NDT solutions for the life extension of the CANDU reactor. He joined Hydro-Quebec's research institute, IREQ, as a researcher in 2013, where he focuses on applying nondestructive evaluation techniques deployed by robotics systems and drones for power transmission asset management.

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