Walter Frei | July 9, 2012

A new series of courses addressing the fundamentals of the software independent of physics is to be introduced at the COMSOL Conference 2012 in Boston and Milan. These minicourses include solvers, optimization, meshing, post-processing, and equation-based modeling.

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Phil Kinnane | July 6, 2012

I have just come back from a bit of a vacation and boy was it hot! Here, a large part of the US has been going through record high temperatures and most of my time was spent trying to keep cool. How nice then to mention a story about cooling.

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Kristen O'Connor | July 5, 2012

This past May we held a brand new series of chemical engineering training courses in Burlington, MA. The series featured our new Electrodeposition and Corrosion courses. These courses were paired up with our Batteries & Fuel Cells and popular 2-Day Intensive Training courses. In short, it was a week-long electrochemical extravaganza. This fall these courses are returning to Burlington.

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Fanny Littmarck | July 4, 2012

The end of July marks the beginning of a $20 million R&D project led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to produce and process plutonium-238. The U.S. space program will be using the Pu-238 that is to be produced by ORNL as fuel for future deep-space missions.

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Fanny Littmarck | July 3, 2012

We don’t mean to be forward, but we would like to ask you for a favor. Design World, a prominent engineering magazine, is holding a “Leadership in Engineering” contest and is currently taking votes. Winners for each category will be acknowledged in the December issue. COMSOL has been entered for a chance to win the award for the software category — and now we need your vote! Said Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor at Design World magazine, “This is the sixth […]

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Fanny Littmarck | July 2, 2012

We’ve been running these “Lunch Time Web Tutorials” over the past couple of months, featuring 45 minutes of solving a particular problem following a comprehensive step-by-step format. Each webisode involves a different type of engineering problem, one of which focused on the modeling of a gate valve in a pipe branch. We are now making this available as a set of two videos for those who missed the live tutorial.

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Phil Kinnane | June 29, 2012

In an earlier blog post, I commented on how acoustic waves are being used in a biomedical setting, to identify malaria in small fluid samples. A more traditional use of piezoelectric devices was written about in the latest COMSOL News. Here, an Italian company, Esaote S.p.A., uses them to produce improved ultrasound imaging systems.

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Phil Kinnane | June 28, 2012

One of the interesting stories to come out of the latest COMSOL News concerned a couple of great researchers, Dr. Ozgur Yildirim and Dr. Zihong Guo, and how they use simulations in their inventing process. They work in an invention/prototype laboratory in Bellevue, WA for Intellectual Ventures, a global leader in the business of invention.

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Fanny Littmarck | June 27, 2012

Earlier this month COMSOL sponsored the 3-day PlanetPTC event in Orlando, Florida. This was our first time as silver sponsors at PlanetPTC, and my colleagues came back in good spirits. Not long ago, Creo™ 2.0 was introduced, and PlanetPTC provided a great opportunity to get filled in on the latest news PTC has to offer in Creo™ as well as other products. A number of the presentations focused on news and improvements in Creo™ 2.0 (naturally), and some showcased “best […]

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Phil Kinnane | June 26, 2012

I have always connected Surface Acoustic Waves (SAWs) as phenomena useful for sensors; where SAW devices act as the medium that transfers mechanical energy (of what you’re measuring) to electrical (what’s used to measure it). SAWs would occur at the surface of a piezoelectric device, mechanically changing it, and then the resulting electrical behavior would be used to provide the measurement. We have a great example that shows how such things can be modeled in a SAW gas sensor.

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Phil Kinnane | June 25, 2012

COMSOL News contains two application briefs from our colleagues at AltaSim Technologies. The first has already been mentioned in this blog and interested many of the readers of this blog. This second story concerns Conjugate Heat Transfer.

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