Walter Frei | October 7, 2014
People are always asking how the performance of COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software will improve on a parallel system, especially now that large multi-core desktop computers are relatively inexpensive and it’s easy to rent time on cloud services like the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud™. It turns out, though, that it’s not always possible to get faster performance just by throwing more hardware at the problem. To understand why, let’s take a conceptual look at computers and the algorithms COMSOL® software uses.
Kyle Mucha | October 6, 2014
The first stop of the COMSOL Conference 2014 has now come and gone. The event brought together over 320 simulation practitioners from the worldwide multiphysics community to the unique setting of Churchill College in Cambridge, U.K. I would like to thank everyone who made the trip and to share with you some photos from the conference.
James Ransley | 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.
Ruud Börger | 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.
Fabrice Schlegel | 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.
Robbie Balcombe | 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.
Fanny Littmarck | October 3, 2014
Bridget Cunningham | October 1, 2014
Bridget Cunningham | September 29, 2014
Jinlan Huang | September 25, 2014
Andrew Griesmer | 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.