Mads Herring Jensen | August 9, 2012

COMSOL is going to be a silver sponsor for the Inter-Noise 2012 conference that will be held in New York City on August 19-22. Inter-Noise 2012 will be the 41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering. This event is one of the largest acoustics conferences and covers a variety of topics in acoustics, vibrations, and noise control, including a session on numerical techniques.

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Phil Kinnane | August 8, 2012

I have previously blogged about 3D printing and how it would be great if you could go from model to product in one step. Now it seems as though the Stereolithography (STL) file format is reaching its limits for being useful as a standard for this type of application. The printers themselves, and what they are capable of, are outstripping the abilities of the file formats to support their new capabilities. Moves are being made to develop a better file […]

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Bethany Nine | August 7, 2012

As promised, I’m back to introduce to you the second tutorial video in the new postprocessing blog series. This video covers the basics of creating plots, including some useful ways you can tweak and customize your plots. For example, have you ever wanted to improve the resolution of a plot, add or modify titles and axis labels, standardize the color bars over multiple graphs in one plot group, modify a deformation plot’s scaling, or view multiple plots in the COMSOL […]

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Phil Kinnane | August 6, 2012

Did you hear that the University of Michigan’s team won the American Solar Challenge a couple of weeks ago? Back in January of this year, I blogged about how the University of Michigan team refined their solar car design and now it’s great to see them come in first in the Solar Challenge. They finished the eight-day trip ten hours ahead of the runner-up, Iowa State. This win resonates with us at COMSOL as well actually, because they used COMSOL […]

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Fanny Littmarck | August 3, 2012

One of our Certified Consultants, Dr. Roger Pryor, wrote a book about “Multiphysics Modeling using COMSOL 4” in February this year. The book covers multiphysics problems ranging from relatively easy to relatively difficult, from 1D to 3D. Now, Dr. Pryor’s book on COMSOL version 4 is used in his brand new COMSOL training series in Troy, MI.

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Niklas Rom | August 2, 2012

It has been some time since we’ve had the “Tips & Tricks” column in COMSOL News. Many people have asked me for tips on how to use COMSOL Multiphysics, so I figured I would share some with you here on the blog. The first in this new series of tips and tricks explains how you can create high-resolution images of COMSOL models.

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Fanny Littmarck | August 1, 2012

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog you’ll have noticed our coverage on Toyota’s story on cooling the electronic components of their hybrid cars. This article was featured as a cover story in IEEE Spectrum’s Multiphysics Simulation insert, as well as in COMSOL News. Now we are thrilled to announce that the Principal Scientist at Toyota Research Institute of North America is going to be speaking at the COMSOL Conference in Boston this October.

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Bethany Nine | July 31, 2012

Are you getting the most out of your simulations? There’s a wealth of options for creating plots and animations and for computing and exporting data in COMSOL, odds are you will find some neat features here. We want to get you off to a good start, so I’ve begun a series of tutorial videos covering a wide variety of topics in postprocessing. This tutorial series is suited for new and experienced users alike. You will get to learn the basics […]

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Valerio Marra | July 30, 2012

All this talk about piezoelectricity got me thinking about how surrounded we are by everyday items whose performances rely on this physical process. Examples include inkjet printers, speakers, electric guitars, and ultrasound imaging systems. With so many different common objects utilizing this phenomenon, it may lead you to wonder: what is piezoelectricity?

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Fanny Littmarck | July 27, 2012

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it is more widely known as, is on everybody’s mind right now. Manufacturing folks, engineers, and even the general public have taken an interest in 3D printing. In other words, this is not just a fascinating phenomenon to those in the industry — additive manufacturing has been generally accepted as the next “cool” thing in manufacturing.

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Phil Kinnane | July 26, 2012

Much has been written lately about increasing the energy efficiency of cars. Batteries and fuel cells are very hot topics, and not so long ago I blogged about the University of Michigan’s use of solar cells to fully power a car. Yet, even on the smallest of scales, such as the sensors in your car, improvements are being made. Utilizing a MEMS (Micro Electromechanical System) piezoelectric energy harvester, Alexander Frej and Ingo Kuehne at Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich are […]

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