Do Bumblebees Use Their Hairs or Antennae for Electroreception?

Caty Fairclough | July 19, 2016

While bumblebees are not a complete mystery, we still have a lot more to learn about these helpful insects. A topic with a lot of buzz surrounding it is how they find food. Using electroreception, an ability most often found in aquatic animals, is one possibility. But how do bumblebees use electroreception? To find answers, a research team at the University of Bristol combined the power of physical experiments and simulation.

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Nirmal Paudel | July 18, 2016

In this blog post, we work through the three-phase induction motor described in Testing Electromagnetic Analysis Methods (TEAM) workshop problem 30a. We analyze the induction motor in 2D using the transient solver in the Rotating Machinery, Magnetic interface. We investigate the motor’s start-up dynamics by coupling the electromagnetic analysis with the rotor dynamics, including the inertial effects. At the end, we compare the benchmark model’s results with those from the COMSOL Multiphysics simulation.

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Caty Fairclough | July 12, 2016

You’ve generated your simulation results and you want to communicate your findings with other people. To do so clearly and effectively, you will need to create easy-to-understand, eye-catching visualizations. Therefore, as of COMSOL Multiphysics® software version 5.2a, you now have six new color tables to further enhance your postprocessing. Let’s learn about the inspiration behind these color tables and take a look at a few specific use cases.

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Pawan Soami | July 7, 2016

Gears are devices that are widely used for the transmission of rotary motion from one shaft to another. Automobiles, electric motors, wind turbines, and other machines all require a gearbox in order to change their speed or torque. With the latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics® — version 5.2a — we bring you new gear modeling features and functionality, from components in the Parts Library to an array of tutorial models that illustrate potential applications.

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Jessica Roy Mitchell | July 5, 2016

Requests from users like you fueled many of the available upgrades in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and the COMSOL Server™ product version 5.2a. The ability to customize the appearance of the COMSOL Server web interface was just one of these requests. See how your feedback prompted the development of tools that allow you to easily change the look and feel of the interface to fit your organization’s branding.

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Walter Frei | June 30, 2016

Thermostats are used in most homes for controlling furnaces and air conditioners to maintain a comfortable interior temperature. A simple thermostat controlling a heater will have on and off setpoints. Such a control scheme is easy to implement within COMSOL Multiphysics using the Events interface, as presented in a previous blog post. Today, we will expand this technique to include a delay, a time lag between turning the heater on or off, in a thermostat simulation.

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Andrea Ferrario | July 13, 2016

The Application Builder is a powerful tool for transforming models into customized, easy-to-use apps. An app’s intuitive user interface (UI) not only gives you control over simulation inputs and geometric parameters, but it also enables you to program the app to perform complex operations. Today, we’ll demonstrate how to create an app that allows you to dynamically create or modify geometry parts and apply appropriate physical specifications and mesh, all thanks to the power and flexibility of the Method Editor.

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Brianne Costa | July 11, 2016

For gas pipeline maintenance standards, the adage “rules are meant to be broken” may not apply, but “rules are meant to be updated” certainly does. Specifically, the generous distance requirements between pipeline squeeze-off locations and pipe fittings cause potentially unnecessary digging. This prompted Operations Technology Development (OTD), a partnership of natural gas distribution companies, to initiate a project with Gas Technology Institute (GTI), where researchers used simulation to investigate the standard distance requirements for streamlined and safe pipeline maintenance.

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Abbie Weingaertner | July 6, 2016

Consider a class of civil engineering structures like the Pratt truss bridge. While the concept behind each design is similar, the actual configuration of the bridge and the loads that are applied to it varies by each case. With the Application Builder, you can design a simulation tool that enables users to easily modify parameters to account for these differences in geometry and loads. Learn more with our Truss Bridge Designer computational app.

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Jiyoun Munn | July 4, 2016

When designing bandpass-filter type high-Q devices with the finite element method in the frequency domain, you will likely come across a situation where you need to apply many frequency samples to more accurately describe the passband. Simulation time is directly proportional to the number of frequencies included in the simulation of a microwave device, with the time increasing as the frequency resolution used becomes finer. Two powerful simulation methods in the RF Module help accelerate the modeling of such devices.

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Amlan Barua | June 29, 2016

Simulation apps, as we’ve highlighted on the blog, are a powerful tool for hiding complex physics behind an easy-to-use, intuitive interface. While the app can be used by those with little simulation expertise, understanding the layers beneath its interface — the embedded model and underlying theory — does require a good understanding of COMSOL Multiphysics and the physics at hand. Let’s explore the connection between theory, model, and app using the example of analyzing buckling in a truss tower design.

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