How to Model Optical Anisotropic Media with COMSOL Multiphysics®

Uttam Pal December 4, 2017

On a bright evening in 1669, Professor Erasmus Bartholinus looked through a piece of an Icelandic calcite crystal he had placed onto a bench. He observed when he covered text on the bench with the stone, it appeared as a double image. The observed optical phenomenon, called birefringence, involves a beam of light that splits into two parallel beams while emerging out of a crystal. Here, we demonstrate a modeling approach for this effect.

Modeling Irregular Shapes: How to Import Curve Data and Loft a Solid

Hanna Gothäll September 20, 2017

Irregular shapes can come in several different formats. For example, we have previously discussed importing STL files and NASTRAN® meshes into the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. These formats are common when working with scanned biological data. In this blog series, we will look at different ways of handling irregular shapes in COMSOL Multiphysics.

The Optimal Workflow for Complex Modeling Projects on a Deadline

Ruud Börger August 22, 2017

Have you ever feared a deadline because your model took longer to solve than expected? Here, we discuss common causes of time delays and how to prevent them. Let’s start with a real-world example: solving a complex modeling project on a deadline.

How to Create Electrostatics Models with Wires, Surfaces, and Solids

Bjorn Sjodin August 8, 2017

The latest version of the AC/DC Module enables you to create electrostatics models that combine wires, surfaces, and solids. The technology is known as the boundary element method and can be used on its own or in combination with finite-element-method-based modeling. In this blog post, let’s see how the new functionality can be used to conveniently set up a model that includes a number of very thin spiral wires.

How to Create Graphs with Two Y-Axes in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Andrew Griesmer July 27, 2017

Have you ever tried to plot multiple quantities on one graph, only to realize that the scales don’t match up? You can solve this problem by adding a second y-axis to your 1D plot to include two scales of values. In the video below, we introduce a case where you would want two y-axes. We then show you how to add a second y-axis to your graph and create helpful annotations in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

New FEM Book Offers Modeling Guidance for Biomedical Applications

GuestGuigen Zhang July 20, 2017

Today, guest blogger Guigen Zhang, professor of bioengineering at Clemson University, talks about his new textbook on computational modeling for biomedical applications. This blog post discusses Integrative Engineering: A Computational Approach to Biomedical Problems, including its content and the intended readers; the purpose and motivation for writing this book; and most importantly, how getting an in-depth understanding of the “intricate machinery” of computational modeling will help make you a better modeler.

How to Export Images Automatically After Solving Your Model

Bjorn Sjodin July 11, 2017

In a previous blog post, we looked at setting up a programmatic sequence of operations under the Study node for solving, saving a model to file, and exporting data to file. Today, we are building on this knowledge to show how an entire sequence of images can be automatically exported after solving a model in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

Creating a Model Geometry in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Amelia Halliday June 29, 2017

Creating the geometry for your model is one of the first steps of setting up a simulation. In the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, there are many geometry operations, tools, and functionality that enable you to do this. These include geometric primitives; Boolean, partition, and transformation operations; work plane operations; and other CAD tools. Here, we highlight all of this functionality and, near the end, link to a video tutorial series that shows how to use them while building your model geometry.

How to Automate Physics Choices and Studies Using Model Methods

Temesgen Kindo June 28, 2017

You solved a model under certain assumptions. When you analyze the results, you find out that those assumptions do not hold. Now, you have to amend your analysis by incorporating new physics features or changing the study type. What if you could automate such processes? Today, we will discuss how to do so easily using the Model Method feature introduced in version 5.3 of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

How to Use Model Methods to Accelerate Your COMSOL® Workflow

Walter Frei June 22, 2017

Do you ever find yourself performing the same modeling operations over and over again in each new model file that you work with? Or do you work with colleagues who send you model files that you have to manually add physics and features to? If so, you can greatly accelerate your workflow by using model methods, new in version 5.3 of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Let’s find out how.

How to Use Job Sequences to Save Data After Solving Your Model

Bjorn Sjodin June 21, 2017

Little-known functionality of the Study node is its ability to perform a programmatic sequence of operations, including solving; saving the model to file; and generating and exporting plot groups, results, and images. In this blog post, we take a closer look at this capability. If you use the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, there is a good chance you will find this information useful in your modeling work.

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