Phil Kinnane | May 1, 2012

A couple of our COMSOL users that I previously blogged about in “How we Realized we were Good at Enabling Users to Model Cloaking” have been selected as one of the Journal of Optics ‘TOP 25’ articles for 2011. These were chosen based on being the most downloaded, cited, or of highest quality ranking.

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Phil Kinnane | April 30, 2012

We’re increasing the electrochemical family of products with the next version of COMSOL. Joining the Batteries & Fuel Cells and Electrodeposition Modules will be the Corrosion Module. This will allow for the modeling of all types of electrochemical corrosion (galvanic, pitting, etc.) as well as corrosion protection. This has been an exciting development and is the response to a number of COMSOL users who have requested it.

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Fanny Littmarck | April 27, 2012

COMSOL allows the researcher or designer to couple many physics phenomena at once and create multiphysics models. Being able to bring in every applicable aspect of physics into a virtual model is what makes the simulation “real” enough to accurately represent what the actual product would look and act like.

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Phil Kinnane | April 26, 2012

We’ve just got another finished article and layout back for COMSOL News and it looks as great as the others, but for different reasons. We usually ask a couple of our partners to write an article for COMSOL News to provide users with some more technical background to modeling. AltaSim Technologies, who are certified consultants and even run courses in COMSOL, have written an article about surface plasmon resonance.

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Phil Kinnane | April 25, 2012

While working on a project that involves corrosion I found this site that spends quite a bit of time explaining the phenomenon. This lab at the NASA Kennedy Space Center has done a great job in summarizing the different types of corrosion that can occur, and how they do occur. Galvanic and pitting corrosion are a couple of types I’ve heard of, but filiform corrosion is a new one.

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Phil Kinnane | April 24, 2012

I’ve just been reading my favorite news service, www.physorg.com, and noticed that cloaking is once again the topic of the day. While we have previously reported on a group out of Duke University, this article mentions a group from Ames Laboratory in Iowa. Similar to the Duke Group, Costas Soukoulis from Ames Laboratory also seems to have been at the forefront of this research.

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Phil Kinnane | April 23, 2012

So far users of COMSOL Multiphysics have fared pretty well in the Create the Future contest. For example, last year’s Grand Prize was awarded to Monika Weber and researchers with Yale University, CT, for their “αScreen Fast and Cheap Bacteria Detection”. This sensor can help cheaply detect bacteria in food fast and eliminate the risk of infection and spreading food-borne diseases.

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Phil Kinnane | April 20, 2012

The manager of our Palo Alto Office, John Dunec, has been running some lunch tutorials that show the building of models. His latest one, which was presented last Tuesday, showed how flow in a building can be modeled.

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Phil Kinnane | April 19, 2012

One project that has been really exciting to work with is a resource CD for our users and prospects. Called the Chemical Showcase, we will soon be offering this to engineers and scientists who are interested in modeling, and want to apply this to chemical engineering, battery, fuel cell, reactor and electrochemical applications. One of the fun things about producing the Showcase was recording this nifty chemical engineering video…

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Phil Kinnane | April 18, 2012

This question is the heading of our most popular Knowledgebase entry. The Knowledgebase is our online support tool for users of COMSOL Multiphysics. Here, you can find solutions to more common questions, and even some workarounds for the odd bug that has been found after a release.

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Phil Kinnane | April 17, 2012

The COMSOL News production continues and we’re almost done with sending all the User Stories to layout. We’ve also started to get some coming back, and they’re beginning to look great. One of them uses the new Particle Tracing Module that I blogged about recently, giving you a glimpse of what’s coming for the next release of COMSOL Multiphysics.

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