Selecting First Gear: Investigating a Classic Car Gearshift Mechanism

Gerard Hegemans | March 4, 2014

Cars come with either an automatic gearbox or a manually operated one, a stick shift. With a manual gearbox, we use the stick shifter very frequently while driving the car, yet we hardly ever think about the way the mechanism works. Here, we investigate how it works and what forces are acting on it when submitted to a very common load case — selecting first gear — with the help of a COMSOL Multibody Dynamics model of the gearshift mechanism.

Gerard Hegemans | July 30, 2013

In 1898, Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann founded the Miele company. Since then, it has grown into one of the world’s foremost producers of household appliances, including washing machines and cooking devices for both domestic and professional use. Miele has created a joint research laboratory, mieletec, with the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, Germany. There, the foundations are being laid for the next generation of resource and energy efficient household appliances. This October, you have the chance to hear […]


Gerard Hegemans | July 1, 2013

My colleagues have been talking about the upcoming user’s conference in relation to attending and presenting. Now I would like to draw your attention to another aspect of it: your opportunity to exhibit at the multiphysics event of the year. The exhibition and poster areas are the focal points of the event, buzzing with activity and networking opportunities. As a sponsor, your exhibition booth will be right in the middle of it all. If you’re hoping to meet prospects and […]


Gerard Hegemans | July 4, 2013

Philips Research Laboratories, located in Eindhoven, is often considered to be an incubator of ideas. The prestigious institute has traditionally been the core of all new product developments at Philips, and many of their forefront discoveries were made here. In October, Senior Scientist Alwin Verschueren of Philips Research Laboratories will hold a keynote talk on pulmonary drug delivery at the COMSOL Conference Rotterdam 2013.