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Keynotes from the COMSOL Conference 2014 Cambridge

October 3, 2014

The COMSOL Conference 2014 kicked off with its first stop last month in Cambridge, U.K. Among other things, attendees were treated to three keynote speeches from prominent COMSOL Multiphysics® software users: Whirlpool R&D, Bang & Olufsen, and Xaar.

Piezoelectric Materials: Understanding the Standards

October 2, 2014

Standards form an integral part of the work we do as engineers, providing a common language for communicating complex information. But standards committees are not omnipotent and sometimes revised standards are not universally adopted. This has happened in the case of the standards for piezoelectric materials, particularly for quartz. This blog post explains the multiple standards used to describe piezoelectrics in literature. Although the particular focus of this post is on quartz, the standards described apply for any piezoelectric material.

An Idea that Is Taking Off: Next-Generation Spacesuits

October 1, 2014

Among developments in space technology, next-generation spacesuits could be a pivotal advancement, helping astronauts move and operate more freely within space. Here, we investigate the research behind these suits and how they work.

How to Get the Most out of Arrow Plots in COMSOL Multiphysics

September 30, 2014

In a recent blog post, Lexi explained how to best use line, surface, and volume plots. We will now look into arrow plots and how you can use these to your advantage. After a beginner’s guide, you’ll get a “look in the kitchen” via a very interesting industrial application where arrow plots played a crucial design role in winning a consulting assignment.

Sea Life Offers New Insight into Underwater Adhesives

September 29, 2014

Underwater adhesives are used extensively in the medical field, helping to heal and treat the human body — a very wet environment. In their pursuit to design stronger waterproof substances, researchers have drawn upon the natural adhesives produced by organisms living in the sea.

Improving the Beer Brewing Process with Simulation

September 26, 2014

There are two aspects of home brewing: the culinary side and the engineering one. Many beer lovers start brewing either to improve a recipe, try to clone their favorite beer, or even simply just to see how it works. After brewing a few batches, however, it turns out that the brewing process can also be very challenging from an engineering point of view.

COMSOL Conference 2014 Cambridge Award Winners

September 24, 2014

After three busy days of user presentation sessions, minicourses, and poster sessions, the COMSOL Conference 2014 Cambridge came to a triumphant end on Friday. I think I can speak on behalf of all the attendees and say that this was a great event, giving COMSOL Multiphysics users from across Europe (and the world) a platform to exchange ideas, network, and, of course, socialize. Now, I’d like to congratulate the Best Paper and Poster award winners once more.

The Science of Composting

September 23, 2014

After switching to a more environmentally friendly coffee maker, we recently started disposing of our coffee grounds as food waste instead of trash, here at the COMSOL office in Burlington, MA. Figuring out how to do this properly was a project on its own, but an educational one worth sharing. To pull this off, I learned about composting in my area and was intrigued by the science of composting.


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