May 10, 2018 Troy, Michigan8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day Detroit 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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8:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m.

Learn how to use the Application Builder and the Method Editor to automate your model building, including setting up the geometry, material properties, loads and boundary conditions; meshing; solving; and extracting data.

9:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
9:15 a.m.
Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics®

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 geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing.

News for COMSOL Multiphysics® and COMSOL Server™ 5.3a

We will review the major news for version 5.3a of the COMSOL® software, for both core functionality such as geometry, mesh, and postprocessing features as well as various physics-specific updates.

New features include the ability to copy and paste physics interfaces and components between different models, improved model methods, the addition of shape memory alloys, a new boundary element method for acoustics and magnetostatics modeling, new features for model reduction, and more.

10:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:15 a.m.
Batteries and Fuel Cells

Get a quick overview of using the Batteries & Fuel Cells Module within the COMSOL® software environment for capacity fade modeling of lithium-ion batteries and water management of polymer electrolyte fuel cells.

Acoustics and Structural Vibrations

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

11:00 a.m.
Coffee Break
11:15 a.m.

Real Life Is Digital

In today’s extremely competitive marketplace, time and money are highly valuable assets. Tools that were once considered “too expensive” are now economically feasible and becoming essential, multiphysics simulation being a prime example. In aspects like time-to-market, initial design quality, and product development, simulation is playing a key role. Simulation has grown from being centered around structural mechanics to encompassing virtually all physics. Physics interactions that were considered only on physical prototypes are now capable of being understood through simulation. And the good news is that someone doesn’t need to have a PhD in simulation to take advantage of this technology! In this presentation, the new role of multiphysics simulation for Nissan North America Audio Group will be discussed.

11:35 a.m

Cloud HPC Demystified: Best Practices for Executing and Managing Multiphysics Simulations and Apps in the Cloud

Advancement in multiphysics simulation and apps allows engineers to solve more complex engineering problems. Distributing the simulation work across multiple computing nodes provides both a means to solve extremely large problems and to solve multiple model configurations simultaneously. High-performance computing in the cloud offers a variety of advantages for simulation engineers, notably an instantly scalable computing resource, an integrated environment with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and COMSOL Server™ product, and fully automated deployment tools. Imagine the engineering challenges you could solve with unlimited computing resources. This talk will discuss how simulation engineers overcome the constraints of traditional engineering resources and processes by deploying multiphysics simulations and apps in the cloud.

12:00 p.m.
Break for Lunch
1:00 p.m.
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.

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.

1:45 p.m.
Coffee Break
2:00 p.m.
Heat Transfer

Get a brief overview of using the Heat Transfer Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

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.

2:45 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:00 p.m.
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.


Get an overview of how to use the CFD Module, an add-on product to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

3:45 p.m.

COMSOL Day Details


SAE International Troy Office
Suite 1600 755 W. Big Beaver Rd
Troy, Michigan 48084

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.
Henrik Ekström
Henrik Ekström is the technology manager for electrochemistry at COMSOL. Prior to joining COMSOL in 2010, Henrik worked at various fuel cell startup firms in Sweden. He received his PhD in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
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.
Mao Mao
Mao Mao is a technical sales engineer who joined COMSOL in 2015. Mao received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University. His research focuses on the mathematical modeling of electroosmotic flow in a nanopore system. Mao also holds a bachelor's degree in thermal science from USTC, China.
Mats Gustafsson
Mats Gustafsson has been with COMSOL since 2006 and his main responsibilities are managing COMSOL's distributor relationships in Asia and its direct sales force in South America. He also holds a key account and sales management role for the US market.

Invited Speakers

Patrick Dennis
Patrick Dennis has worked at Nissan for over 13 years, focusing on Bluetooth hands-free, voice recognition, and audio system acoustics. Previously, he spent 13 years working at Visteon, a spin-off of Ford Motor Company. While at Visteon, Patrick helped develop speakers and audio system acoustics. He earned his BSEE from Michigan Technological University and has two patents.
Peter Lyu
Peter Lyu is a solutions architect at Rescale. He manages technical customer engagements for the East and Midwest in the United States. He helps engineers and scientists accelerate their simulations by leveraging the largest and most secure global HPC network on Rescale. Peter received his master's and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, where he worked on several NASA and Boeing projects on aircraft design and the multidisciplinary design optimization of a blended-wing-body aircraft. Prior to joining Rescale, he led the CFD applications team at COMSOL, specializing in fluid flow, heat transfer, and chemical reaction simulations and optimization.

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