COMSOL
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 highperformance 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 3D calculation programs. The test cases are available on www.comsol.com/papers/5865/
Expertise Required
For scientists and engineers. Free, handson workshops (www.comsol.com/events/) get potential users up and running within a few hours. The software also comes with Model Libraries that include stepbystep 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 setup. Model files can also be exported as Mfiles 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 
Telephone: 
7812733322 
Facsimile: 
17812736603 
Email: 

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