COMSOL

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COMSOL Multiphysics slashes the metric of greatest value to computational scientists - time to solution. It is based on partial differential equations (PDEs) - the fundamental equations that describe the laws of physics. Through multiphysics and mathematical modeling, we transform any coupled PDEs into a form suitable for numerical analysis and solve it using the finite element method with high-performance solvers. Screen Shots

Keywords

Multiphysics, simulations, modeling, heat transfer, finite element

Validation/Testing

The software is validated to conform to all four cases of ISO 10211:2007, Annex A, for 3-D calculation programs. The test cases are available on www.comsol.com/papers/5865/

Expertise Required

For scientists and engineers. Free, hands-on workshops (www.comsol.com/events/) get potential users up and running within a few hours. The software also comes with Model Libraries that include step-by-step instructions of how to build models for all types of technical applications. Courses are also available for more advanced use of the software.

Users

Approximately 40,000 users throughout the world.

Audience

Any scientist or engineer that is interested in simulating a device, component, or process that can be described by physics. In particular, scientists and engineers that want to simulate phenomena that is described by two sets of coupled physics, such as fluid flow and heat transfer.

Input

Users input geometries (manually or from a CAD software) of either a component or the spatial coordinates where a process will take place. Users also input material properties directly, choose them from a material library or import them from an external source, such as in an Excel file. Users can also directly include mathematical equations that describe a material property, or even a partial differential equation, by typing them directly in the user interface.

Output

Outputs can be presented as pictures and movies, showing the simulation, or as data for further processing with other software, such as MATLAB. A report generator also allows results to be presented as an html file, along with the model set-up. Model files can also be exported as M-files as an output for further manipulation in the MATLAB software.

Computer Platform

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Linux, MAC OS X. Detailed information at: www.comsol.com/products/requirements/

Programming Language

JAVA, C++

Strengths

COMSOL Multiphysics' strength is its ability to couple different sets of physics and solve them together, no matter what the physics. It is easy to use and intuitive to those that are familiar with the physics that describe their applications and processes. Its other strength is the ability for a user to include any arbitrary equation in their model definitions by typing such an equation directly into the user interface.

Weaknesses

For solving coupled systems of ordinary differential equations (ODEs).

Contact

Company:

COMSOL, Inc.

Address:

1 New England Executive Park Suite 350
Burlington, MA 01803
United States

Telephone:

781-273-3322

Facsimile:

1-781-273-6603

E-mail:

info@comsol.com

Website:

http://www.comsol.com

Availability

COMSOL is available directly from COMSOL and its global network of distributors immediately.