How to Import an ECAD Geometry for Printed Circuit Board Design

Lorant Olasz July 3, 2017

Have you ever wondered how to import the geometry of a printed circuit board (PCB) into the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and prepare it for meshing and analysis? Version 5.3 of the COMSOL® software has the tools to generate geometric objects from the 2D layouts of ECAD files, group them into easy-to-use selections for simulation setup, and automatically take care of the geometric complexity inherent to ECAD formats before meshing. We also have a new tutorial model to demonstrate this functionality.

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Bridget Cunningham May 30, 2017

Every year, over 40 million fire sprinkler systems are fitted worldwide. These systems are effective due to their piping designs, which are resistant to high heat and mechanical damage. A popular choice for such designs is threaded steel pipe. But analyzing a complex pipe design is challenging because of the detailed geometry. What approach can we take to efficiently combine accurate geometrical designs with reliable stress analyses? Version 5.3 of the COMSOL® software offers functionality for this purpose.

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Caty Fairclough April 19, 2017

Human-powered vehicles like tricycles can provide a sustainable alternative to passenger vehicles and help riders avoid traffic in populated areas. Before a tricycle design is ready to roll, it needs to be optimized to meet safety requirements, which can prove difficult due to the complex structure of the tricycle. To efficiently pinpoint weak areas in a tricycle frame design, a research team used the Structural Mechanics Module with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

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Bridget Cunningham March 28, 2017

Measuring acceleration is important in high-speed dynamics, as velocity, force, and pressure are derived from it. Sensing elements inside accelerometers make it possible to obtain such measurements. As technology advances, these sensor packages must be optimized to handle higher vibrational frequency bandwidths. To accomplish this, researchers tested their novel piezoresistive sensor chip as part of a package design. Their simulation results, which agree well with experimental data, pave the way for optimizing sensor packages to achieve higher bandwidths.

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Kristoffer Raneflod March 15, 2017

Have you ever thought about customizing or building a model in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software that is based on data from Excel® spreadsheet software? Excel spreadsheets are used to present, collaborate, and store data within many science and engineering applications. Using Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications and LiveLink™ for Excel®, we can build and control model settings and parameters within the Excel® spreadsheet software. In this blog post, we illustrate this process and go over a few examples.

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Rémi Magnard February 28, 2017

When modeling a structure with beam elements, we don’t use the actual 3D geometry. Instead, we use a line model, which represents the other two dimensions through defining a set of cross-section properties. With the Beam Section Calculator simulation app, we can easily find the properties for a wide range of beam sections from European and American standards. The app also makes it simple to accurately compute the stress distribution for a given set of applied moments and forces.

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Hanna Gothäll February 1, 2017

Topology optimization can be a useful step in your design process, but the generated designs often require further analysis. With the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, you can create geometries out of your topology optimization result plots and easily export them to CAD software. In this blog post, we discuss how to do so, using both 2D and 3D examples.

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Lorant Olasz November 24, 2016

For many years, it’s been possible to analyze synchronized CAD geometries in COMSOL Multiphysics® via the LiveLink™ interfacing products. But did you know that you can also incorporate this functionality into an easy-to-use simulation app? With an app, you can dynamically modify your geometry in a CAD program such as SOLIDWORKS® and use this information to analyze new product designs. Today, we will demonstrate how to do so, using the new Bike Frame Analyzer app as an example.

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Bridget Cunningham November 17, 2016

Food packaging is often composed of recycled materials, like newspapers or plastic, which may contain residual mineral oil inks. Traces of these potentially hazardous substances leftover from the recycled materials can migrate from the packaging to the stored food. To account for this, one research team developed a numerical model to analyze the migration patterns of mineral oil hydrocarbons for various packaging situations. Compared to experimental studies, their approach offers a more efficient and cost-effective way of optimizing food safety.

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Caty Fairclough June 15, 2016

Bolometers have the ability to detect and measure the power of incident electromagnetic radiation. This allows them to be used in a range of technologies, from night vision cameras to far-reaching astronomy projects. Designing bolometers often requires devoting a lot of time and energy to the development phase, as these devices must be optimized for sensitivity and customized for their specific applications. To efficiently design bolometers with increased sensitivity, AltaSim Technologies utilized the simulation capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics.

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Bridget Cunningham May 2, 2016

Graphene is a material with a strong presence — and impact — throughout the scientific community. Amongst its many uses, researchers are looking to graphene as a potential material solution within sensor designs for medical and biosensing applications. Today, we’ll explore the role of simulation in analyzing and optimizing a 3D multilayered graphene biosensor.

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