Using the Application Builder to Create a Koch Snowflake

Walter Frei | January 5, 2016

It has been a remarkably warm winter in Boston, but we finally got our first snowfall. As I was staring out the window earlier, I started thinking about snowflakes and how their formation cannot be easily described mathematically. However, there is one special kind of snowflake that can be simply described, known as the Koch snowflake. Today, we will look at how this shape can be built with the Application Builder in COMSOL Multiphysics.

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Caty Fairclough | January 4, 2016

Studying fish locomotion enables researchers to design vehicles and robots that can skillfully navigate aquatic environments. Performing such studies requires fluid-structure interaction (FSI) analyses of the fish and their environments. Using COMSOL Multiphysics, researchers from the Università Roma Tre were able to simulate carangiform swimming, a type of fish movement, and accurately evaluate its dynamics.

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Shruti Thiagarajan | December 31, 2015

Say you’re riding a bicycle and someone gives you a push from the side. To quickly stabilize yourself, you turn the handlebar of the bicycle in the same direction to counteract the fall. While riders do this instinctively, what’s fascinating is that our bicycles can do the same thing. Modern bicycles are designed to be self stable; they’re good at keeping balance while moving uncontrolled. Let’s take a look at how we can simulate this effect in COMSOL Multiphysics.

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Bridget Cunningham | December 30, 2015

Mufflers are used for acoustic soundproofing in combustion engines and HVAC systems. Before achieving optimal performance, a muffler design can go through several iterations. COMSOL Multiphysics provides a flexible environment for testing different designs, saving time and costs while ensuring high performance. Now, with simulation apps, each modification no longer requires the help of a simulation expert. Instead, colleagues can run their own tests and deliver faster results to customers. Our Absorptive Muffler Designer demo app offers insight.

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Walter Frei | December 29, 2015

While designing a structure, have you ever been unsure of how to achieve the best shape? If so, then you will want to add a useful technique called shape optimization to your COMSOL Multiphysics modeling skill set. Today, we will discuss the concept of shape optimization and demonstrate its use through a classical problem.

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Lexi Carver | December 28, 2015

Corrosion is one of the most serious factors affecting the transportation industry. In an effort to minimize its impact, a German research institute and the manufacturers of Mercedes-Benz joined forces to investigate the corrosion occurring in automotive rivets and sheet metal. Using COMSOL Multiphysics simulation, they were able to study corrosion’s effects on car components.

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Walter Frei | December 24, 2015

In this blog post, we will introduce the concept of shape optimization for adjusting part dimensions by using analytic sensitivity methods. If you have a single objective function that you want to improve, a set of geometric parameters that you want to change, as well as a set of constraints, then you can use the functionality of the Optimization Module and the Deformed Geometry interface in COMSOL Multiphysics to find the optimal structure without any remeshing. Let’s find out how!

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Aditi Karandikar | December 23, 2015

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has been a popular topic of discussion on the COMSOL Blog and throughout the scientific community. New initiatives have furthered the capabilities of this technology, while extending its reach in various fields of research, manufacturing, and design. With the help of COMSOL Multiphysics, researchers at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) are investigating the promise of 3D printing in the realm of material design.

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Henrik Sönnerlind | December 22, 2015

After recently encountering the equations of motion for rotating bodies for the first time, one of my sons came home with a number of interesting questions. His questions brought about a flashback, as I remembered sharing this sense of confusion when studying mechanics many years ago. In today’s blog post, I will present two COMSOL Multiphysics models — one of a gyroscope and one of a spinning top — that illustrate the remarkable properties of rotating bodies.

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Andrew Griesmer | December 21, 2015

As you are learning to create apps in the Application Builder, we want you to take advantage of all of the tools that are available to you. The video featured here introduces you to the Editor Tools, Model Data Access, and Record Code features and demonstrates how to use them. To do so, we add a button to our app that can switch the type of plot shown in the graphics window.

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Caty Fairclough | December 17, 2015

Reinforced concrete beams are commonly used in modern construction due to their strength and durability. To avoid failure, each new beam design needs to be optimized and tested for safety. Building physical prototypes to test every design modification can be a long and costly endeavor. Simulation apps offer a solution, saving time and money as they bring simulation power into the hands of more people. Explore the benefits of this approach with our Parameterized Concrete Beam demo app.

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