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A roundtable discussion on innovative approaches in technical teaching

Event Showcasing advancements in multiphysics modeling

Dec 22, 2016

This year, Bengaluru hosted the 12th edition of the COMSOL Conference, where attendees were introduced to the latest developments of COMSOL® software version 5.2a. Besides, the event showcased the latest developments in multiphysics modeling, simulation, and application design. A post-event report…

Every year, the COMSOL Conference makes several stops around the world, bringing together the COMSOL community for a chance to connect, learn, and innovate. The 12th edition of COMSOL Conference was organised recently by COMSOL at Bengaluru. The conference provided attendees with the latest updates of COMSOL Multiphysics® software, COMSOL Server™ product, and COMSOL Client.

Over 200 attendees gathered for the conference to learn about multiphysics simulation, exchange ideas, and see how fellow engineers are using simulation in their research. The event gave the attendees a chance to interact with other members of the COMSOL community who are working on similar problems, prompting discussions on how to solve problems in a more efficient way using numerical simulation software. Such interactions enabled the attendees to walk away with fresh ideas and insights, all while strengthening their professional contacts.


The major highlight of this year’s conference was the inspiring keynote talks from Gyanendra Roy from Mahindra Two Wheelers and Dr Shriganesh Prabhu from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. Dr Vineet Dravid, MD-India, COMSOL, also hosted an interesting roundtable discussion on using simulation to teach technical concepts. The conference included over 100 user presentations among which awards were given for the best paper, best poster and popular choice poster awards.

It also saw the launch of the latest update of the COMSOL® software. The recent version 5.2a update features major performance increases and the release of the Rotordynamics
Module, which is now available as an add-on product to the structural mechanics module.

Interactive panel discussions with senior thought leaders and industry specialists highlighted the need for social inclusiveness with digital strategies to drive India’s sustainable growth story.

Handling large models

The latest version provides significant performance improvements compared to versions made available a year ago. The speedup is most notable with respect to the handling of models with several thousand domains and boundaries. The company is committed to continue its strive to deliver the most efficient and robust multiphysics environment for its wide range of products for electrical, mechanical, acoustics, fluid, thermal, and chemical simulations. “To fulfil this commitment, COMSOL’s development team ensures that each update of the COMSOL® software provides more efficient solvers, meshing, and physics modeling functionality”, said Bjorn Sjodin, VP — Product Management, COMSOL Inc.

Future of simulation: Application design & deployment

At the COMSOL Conference Boston, Svante Littmarck, President & CEO, COMSOL, showcased examples of how customers are leveraging simulation apps to enable companywide usage of multiphysics simulation. “These case studies provide us with a first look at how our customers benefit from building and deploying simulation apps,” said Littmarck in his keynote presentation, “The Application Builder and COMSOL Server™ are the tools that organisations need in order to provide multiphysics for everyone,” he added.

The Application Builder has enabled simulation specialists to create multiphysics apps, based on their detailed models, through custom interfaces that can be easily accessed via COMSOL Client or a web browser connecting to a local installation of COMSOL Server™. Custom applications can be created for anyone from technicians, support staff, designers to customer service representatives, empowering them to make on-the-fly design iterations and report generation. With COMSOL Server™, organisations can deploy industry-specific analysis tools in a dynamic, streamlined, quick to-implement format that can be scaled for global benefit.

Release of Rotordynamics Module

The latest update of the COMSOL® software product suite includes the new Rotordynamics Module, which will aid engineers in analysing vibrations due to centrifugal forces and other gyroscopic effects in rotating machinery. This new product will be used to ensure that rotor vibrations are contained within acceptable design limits by providing functionality for evaluating critical speed, whirl and bearings. This module will be of particular interest to those working with the design of turbines, turbochargers, electrical machinery, and pumps in the automobile, marine, aerospace, energy, and household appliance industries.

“With the Rotordynamics Module, users can take into account the effects of various components such as disks, bearings, and foundations,” explained Prashant Srivastava, Technical Product Manager, COMSOL. “Users will also be able to easily postprocess their results directly within the software to present the results of their analysis as Campbell diagrams, modal orbits, harmonic orbits, waterfall plots, and whirl plots,” he added. The new module works in concert with the other COMSOL products. Courtesy: COMSOL

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  • Over 200 attendees gathered for the conference to learn about multiphysics simulation

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