October 7–8

Join us virtually for the COMSOL Conference 2020 North America, now hosted online. You will get a firsthand look at what is possible with multiphysics modeling and numerical simulation, as well as an opportunity to attend a wide range of minicourses to advance your modeling skills. Plus, you will see the latest version of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software in action.

Program Highlights

Tech Cafés
Ask your toughest modeling questions to COMSOL technical product managers and application engineers in these interactive sessions on advanced modeling topics, featuring actual support questions from users.
Updated Minicourses
Learn new modeling skills and techniques in lecture-based minicourses geared toward both new and experienced users, with core functionality, introductory, and advanced sessions.
Panel Discussions
Participate in panel discussions featuring speakers across all fields of engineering to learn about what's new in multiphysics simulation in your industry.

Why Attend the COMSOL Conference?

Present your modeling work to an audience of fellow engineers, scientists, and researchers — and connect with the community in the Tech Café.
Attend instructor-led and hands-on minicourses covering a variety of physics and modeling areas and learn from other users.
Get inspiration for your next modeling project from keynote talks, presentations, and panel discussions featuring speakers across all fields of engineering.

North America Schedule

October 7-8, 2020 | 10 a.m. EDT (UTC-4)

10 a.m. EDT
Welcome to the COMSOL Conference
10 a.m.
Poster, Paper, and Exhibit Hall Opens
10:10 a.m.
Panel Discussion
  • Industry and government organizations will showcase how they are using multiphysics simulation to improve products and solve problems.


    Phil Kinnane

    Phil Kinnane, COMSOL


    Ercan M. Dede

    Ercan M. Dede, Toyota Research Institute of North America

    Ercan M. Dede received his BS degree and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MS degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Currently, he is the group manager of the Electronics Research department at the Toyota Research Institute of North America. His team focuses on vehicle systems involving advanced sensors, power semiconductors, electronics and photonics packaging, and thermal management technology. He has over 100 issued patents and has published more than 85 articles in archival journals and conference proceedings on topics related to design and structural optimization of thermal, mechanical, and electromagnetic systems. He is an author of a book entitled "Multiphysics Simulation: Electromechanical System Applications and Optimization". His team has received two R&D 100 Awards for the development of technologies related to next-generation electronics for electrified vehicles.

    Freddy Hansen

    Freddy Hansen, Abbott Laboratories

    Freddy Hansen received his undergraduate degree in engineering physics from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He received his master’s, PhD, and postdoc in applied physics at Caltech, specializing in plasma physics related to spacecraft plasma propulsion. Following this, he worked nine years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory doing research in fluid dynamics, astrophysics, and nuclear fusion. He has also written over 40 research papers, has half a dozen patents, and cocreated a popular college physics textbook. Freddy is currently working at Abbott Laboratories using his expertise in electromagnetics and fluid dynamics to design artificial hearts.

    Andri Bezzola

    Andri Bezzola, Samsung Research America

    Andri Bezzola is a senior staff mechanical engineer at Samsung Research America’s Audio Lab in Valencia, California, where he is simulating the electro-mechano-acoustic interactions in loudspeakers. He received his BSc and Msc in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland, and in 2014, he received his PhD from the University of California Santa Barbara. Andri holds 3 patents in loudspeaker technologies, is the author of several papers on loudspeaker design and optimization, and was an invited keynote speaker at the COMSOL Conference 2018 Lausanne.

10:30 a.m.
Tech Café and Minicourses
  • This minicourse is for those who are just starting out with COMSOL Multiphysics® or want a refresher on the user interface (UI) and modeling workflow. During this session, the fundamentals of using the COMSOL® software will be demonstrated.

    Speaker: Jaymin Patel

  • This minicourse will focus on contact analysis, particularly the news in this area for version 5.6. You will get a quick introduction to how to set up contact problems in different structural mechanics interfaces and how to apply proper boundary conditions and solver settings. You will also get a brief overview of the concepts of geometric nonlinearity and frames. In addition, some of the general enhancements in the structural mechanics products will be presented.

    Speaker: Henrik Sönnerlind

  • In this minicourse, you will get an introduction to the AC/DC Module for low-frequency electromagnetics and an overview of the most important news in version 5.6. We will focus on the available formulations of Maxwell's equations and the application areas covered by the module.

    Speakers: Durk de Vries and Magnus Olsson

  • In this minicourse, we will discuss the new functionality in the add-on products for fluid flow. Topics covered are laminar and turbulent flow, multiphase flow, and non-Newtonian fluids as well as news with respect to multiphysics and CFD. On the physics interface side, you will learn about the new shallow water equations and the compressible mixture model interfaces. The new total pressure conditions on inlets and outlets are useful in pump and fan simulations, and a geometry-based turbulence length scale can be used when specifying turbulent inlet conditions. In addition, a lot of new functionality has been added for non-Newtonian fluids in version 5.6, including several new constitutive models, thermal effects, and nonlinear wall slip.

    Speakers: Mats Nigam and Ed Fontes

  • Tech Café: Battery Modeling
11:30 a.m.
Q&A and Break
11:30 a.m.
Keynote Session
  • Food Equipment Development Using Multiphysics Simulation

    Recent advances in solid-state RF technology have led to exciting new applications in the food equipment industry. Solid-state generators allow for closed-loop heating, where feedback from the food-cavity system can be used to respond to thermophysical changes during cooking. Utilizing the RF and Heat Transfer modules with COMSOL Multiphysics®, LiveLink™ for MATLAB®, and COMSOL Compiler™ enables ITW Food Equipment Group engineers and chefs alike to explore how microwaves interact with food while optimizing their individual workflows. Corporate Identifiers: Illinois Tool Works (ITW), ITW Food Equipment Group, IBEX oven.

    View Keynote Abstracts

  • Utilizing COMSOL® for Rapid Prototyping

    COMSOL® can be utilized for rapid design cycle phases using modeling in conjunction with prototype test data. The design and modeling process, along with the benefits of this approach, are demonstrated for use in acoustic design for sonar systems. The rapid design cycle approach has been proven to be beneficial in determining unknown material properties and has even been used to determine manufacturing defects in production. Made possible by the rapid design cycle method, a review of the Northrop Grumman’s µSAS™ SONAR system will also be discussed.

    View Keynote Abstracts

12 :00 p.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, User Presentations, and Panel Discussion
  • Coils and magnets are ubiquitous components in a wide array of electrical systems, from MEMS sensors to power transformers and everything in between. For the development of these devices, simulation plays an important role to help understand, predict, and optimize their performance. As system complexity increases, modeling tools need to provide capabilities for the handling of large geometries, interaction of different physics phenomena, and nonlinear material properties — while still producing robust and accurate simulation results.

    Attend this panel to gain insight into advances in multiphysics modeling software and how it helps companies tackle today’s electromagnetics design challenges. Hear directly from our panel of experienced users of COMSOL Multiphysics® on how they apply the COMSOL® software to electrical device and coil design for their product development.


    Nirmal Paudel

    Nirmal Paudel, ABB

    Dr. Nirmal Paudel is the senior R&D engineer at ABB’s Medium Voltage Instrument Transformers & Sensors in Pinetops, NC. He has been involved in developing new instrument transformers, sensors, and power harvesting devices for medium-voltage use cases. He has been managing multiple R&D projects and leading the numerical simulations activities for this local business unit. Prior to joining ABB, he worked as an applications engineer and team leader at COMSOL, Inc. Dr. Paudel received his MSEE and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2009 and 2012, respectively. His research interests are electromagnetics, multiphysics simulation, and power and energy systems.

    Alex Pokryvailo

    Alex Pokryvailo, Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation

    Alex Pokryvailo (M’05–SM’07) was born in Vyborg, Russia. He received MSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Leningrad Polytechnic Institute in 1975 and 1987, respectively. He was with Soreq NRC, Yavne, Israel. He is currently the director of research with Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation, Hauppauge, NY, USA. He studied switching arcs, designed SF6-insulated switchgears, and researched the interaction of flames with electromagnetic fields. He has published over 140 articles and two textbooks (in Hebrew). He holds more than 20 patents pertaining to HV technology. His current research interests include the design of HV high-power switch-mode power supplies, pulsed power, insulation testing, multiphysics simulations, fast diagnostics, and corona discharges.

  • In this minicourse, we will walk you through the mesh generation techniques that are available to you in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software as well as present the news in version 5.6. We will introduce you to basic meshing concepts, such as how to tweak the meshing parameters for unstructured meshes and how to create structured meshes and meshes tailored for specific physics, such as fluid flow. You will also learn how to visualize the important properties of a mesh.

    Speakers: Lorant Olasz and Hanna Gothäll

  • In this minicourse, you will learn about the news in the latest version with respect to constitutive modeling and nonlinear materials for structural analysis. Enhancements for modeling layered materials in the Composite Materials Module will also be covered.

    Speaker: Henrik Sönnerlind

  • Tech Café: Fluid Flow
1:00 p.m. EDT
1:30 p.m.
Keynote Session
  • Svante Littmarck, COMSOL
2:00 p.m.
Q&A and Break
2:15 p.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, User Presentations, and 1-on-1 Support Sessions
  • Attend this minicourse to learn about the tools for creating geometry for simulation with COMSOL Multiphysics®. We will cover the new functionality available in version 5.6; demonstrate how to efficiently build parameterized geometry; and discuss how to carry out tasks such as creating a sketch with dimensions and constraints, generating 2D cross sections of 3D objects, and more.

    Speakers: Lorant Olasz and Hanna Gothäll

  • In this minicourse, you will learn about the news in version 5.6, including functionality for the modeling of nonlinear effects in large and small systems. The new and extended port features for handling elastic waves and ports that connect to exterior lumped models will be introduced. Moreover, this session will cover features that are critical to efficient modeling of microacoustic devices including thermoviscous effects. In addition, this session will introduce news with respect to solving acoustically large models; that is, models that include many wavelengths. We will discuss ray acoustics, the time-explicit discontinuous Galerkin method, and boundary element methods.

    Speaker: Mads Jensen

  • Join COMSOL engineers and your colleagues at this Tech Café to discuss modeling structural mechanics using COMSOL Multiphysics®. You can also ask questions about specific applications involving multiphysics phenomena such as acoustic-structure interactions, fluid-structure interactions, thermal stresses, and more.

3:00 p.m.
Q&A and Break
3:15 p.m.
Keynote Session
  • Diagnosing Process Problems Using Multiphysics and Multiscale Simulation

    Simulation is often used in Saint-Gobain to diagnose problems we are having with products or processes. Compared to other FEA or CFD software, COMSOL Multiphysics® is helpful for problems that are multiphysics and multiscale. For example, you can include heat diffusion, mass diffusion, chemical reaction, and flow equations, and, with regards to multiscale, there is the flexibility to model in 1D, 2D, 3D, and with extra dimensions. A generalized example related to reactions in porous media in industrial reactors will be shown in this talk. The example can be related to drying, sintering, debinding, purifying, vapor deposition, and similar processes.

    View Keynote Abstracts

3:45 p.m.
Q&A and Break
4 p.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, User Presentations, and 1-on-1 Support Sessions
  • This minicourse is dedicated to modeling electromagnetics in the high-frequency regime using the RF Module and Wave Optics Module. The most important news in version 5.6 will be covered together with application areas in RF, terahertz waves, optics, and associated multiphysics.

    Speakers: Jiyoun Munn and Ulf Olin

  • In this minicourse, we will present an overview of the functionality for importing CAD designs and various ECAD layout formats. You will get a demonstration of the tools for modifying the geometry after the import, such as how to remove unwanted details, create additional computational domains, and even restore missing faces. This minicourse will also cover best practices for ensuring that physics settings do not need to be reapplied after a CAD file is reimported and how to interface CAD software using the LiveLink™ interface for an efficient optimization of CAD designs.

    Speaker: Lorant Olasz

  • If you are interested in analyzing sound quality, noise reduction performance, or acoustic sensors, this Tech Café is the session for you. Discuss acoustics modeling techniques with COMSOL engineers and fellow acoustics engineers.

5:00 p.m. EDT
Happy Hour and Voting for Best Poster Award
10 a.m. EDT
Welcome to the COMSOL Conference
10:15 a.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, and User Presentations
  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to include surface-to-surface radiation in your models and how to make optimal use of the COMSOL® software's capabilities. In particular, learn how to define the radiation direction using the domains and layer opacity properties, define wavelength-dependent properties, and speed up computations using symmetries and radiation groups. This minicourse will also cover the most important new heat transfer functionality in version 5.6.

    Speaker: Nicolas Huc

  • Get an overview of the shape and topology optimization capabilities available in the COMSOL® software for producing lightweight and more efficient designs. Shape optimization involves the parametric or free-form deformation of a CAD part using the Optimization Module. Using just a few control variables, you can quickly come up with improved designs. Topology optimization is used to come up with entirely novel designs by allowing the material distribution within the modeling domain to vary freely.

    Speaker: Kristian Ejlebjærg Jensen

  • Ferromagnetic materials are at the heart of motors, transformers, inductors, and many other electromagnetic devices, and typically exhibit magnetic saturation, hysteresis, and anisotropy. Iron loss estimation using Steinmetz or Bertotti loss models for fundamental frequency and harmonics will be discussed, as well as explicit hysteresis modeling.

    Speakers: Cesare Tozzo and Lipeng Liu

  • Tech Café: LiveLink for MATLAB(R)
11:00 a.m.
Q&A and Break
11:15 a.m.
Panel Discussion
  • Moderator:

    Kyle Koppenhoefer

    Kyle Koppenhoefer, AltaSim Technologies

    Kyle Koppenhoefer has been one of the principals and leaders at AltaSim Technologies for 15 years. He works with customers to identify how computational analysis can be used to further develop their products and manufacturing processes. Prior to cofounding AltaSim, Kyle worked for the Department of Defense and the Edison Welding Institute. He holds a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.


    Prashant Jain

    Prashant Jain, Oak Ridge National

    Dr. Prashant Jain is a group leader and an R&D staff member for thermal hydraulics research in the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He received his MS (2006) and PhD (2010) in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and his BTech (2004) in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has more than 10 years of experience in nuclear thermal design and safety analyses, computational fluid dynamics, single- and two-phase turbulent flows and heat transfer, advanced multiphysics models, analytical benchmarks, lattice Boltzmann methods, and parallel scientific software development. Dr. Jain is a recipient of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Mark Mills Award for his doctoral research on lattice Boltzmann methods and UT-Battelle’s 2019 Mission Support Award for his contributions to the HFIR event causal analysis.

    David Gross

    David Gross, MED Institute

    David Gross currently manages the engineering simulations group and computational modeling and simulation (CM&S) group at MED Institute, Inc., a medical device consulting company. He graduated from Purdue University with a BS in biomedical engineering and MSE in interdisciplinary engineering. He also holds MS and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering from Ohio State University and is a licensed professional engineer.

    Johann Veras

    Johann Veras, Lockheed Martin

    Johann Veras, PhD, is an optical engineer senior at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, Florida, and a 2014 PhD graduate of the University of Central Florida Department of Mathematics. He has been supporting the Applied Research Sensors and Technologies group with the modeling and application of advanced optical technologies since 2013. Currently, Dr. Veras has two granted and two pending patents, a trade secret, five peer reviewed publications, and two conference papers.Johann Veras, PhD, is an optical engineer senior at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, Florida, and a 2014 PhD graduate of the University of Central Florida Department of Mathematics. He has been supporting the Applied Research Sensors and Technologies group with the modeling and application of advanced optical technologies since 2013. Currently, Dr. Veras has two granted and two pending patents, a trade secret, five peer reviewed publications, and two conference papers.

11:45 a.m.
Q&A and Break
12 p.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, User Presentations, and Panel Discussion
  • In this minicourse, you will learn about the news in version 5.6 for the Chemical Reaction Engineering Module, Electrochemistry Module, Electrodeposition Module, Corrosion Module, and the Batteries & Fuel Cells Module.

    Speakers: Daniel Ahlman and Henrik Ekström

  • This minicourse will introduce you to the most important solver algorithms in COMSOL Multiphysics®. A top-down perspective is used for the solution process of stationary, parametric, and time-dependent problems. A brief description of how an FEM discretization comes into play is given. After this course, you will be able to interpret the information printed to the Log window and displayed in Convergence plots during the solution process.

    Speaker: Jacob Yström

  • Tech Café: Postprocessing and Visualization
1 p.m. EDT
1:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion
  • Panelists:

    Trevor Munroe, Naval Nuclear Laboratory

    Trevor Munroe

    Trevor Munroe started working at Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) in 1981. He graduated from City College of New York with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a master's degree in mechanical engineering. Trevor began his career in system performance analysis but then moved on to new challenges in the nascent field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), where he worked with in-house and many different commercial CFD codes. He currently works in research and development groups, where he is involved in numerous projects. Trevor has experience in studying and analyzing devices such as heat pipes, thermosiphons, electromagnetic devices, compressors, Stirling engines, and thermoacoustics. Trevor’s experiences led him to appreciate the world of multiphysics. His earliest endeavor into the field of multiphysics involved the arduous task of linking a CFD code with a finite element analysis (FEA) code via a third-party code. He realized the limitations of using a separate code for each physics and soon after transitioned to COMSOL® version 3.4. Trevor has been using COMSOL Multiphysics® for the past decade and has since performed many simulations using COMSOL® software products such as the AC/DC, RF, CFD, Heat Transfer, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Structural Mechanics, Acoustics, Optimization, and Particle Tracing modules. Trevor likes to expand his technical knowledge through websites such as MIT OpenCourseWare and NPTEL.

    Folusho Oyerokun, GE Aviation

    Folusho Oyerokun

    Dr. Folusho Oyerokun is a senior engineer in materials and engineering at GE Aviation. He received his graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Oyerokun has an extensive background and experience in theoretical and computational modeling of thermofluids as well as nanostructured polymeric and ceramic materials. At GE Aviation, Dr. Oyerokun uses COMSOL® to model the thermophysical processes involved in the manufacturing of ceramics matrix composites components for gas turbine engine applications.

2:00 p.m.
Q&A and Break
2:15 p.m.
Tech Café, Minicourses, User Presentations, and 1-on-1 Support Sessions
  • In this minicourse, you will get further details of the meshing functionality in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. You will learn a useful technique for meshing imported CAD designs by hiding small geometry features from the mesher. We will demonstrate the available tools for adapting meshes by changing the size and distribution of elements according to error estimates in the solution, for example. The minicourse will also explore the editing and repairing tools that are available for imported mesh data.

    Speakers: Lorant Olasz and Hanna Gothäll

  • In this minicourse, you will get an introduction to high-performance computing (HPC). We will discuss performance bottlenecks when solving larger models and describe the key elements in addressing these bottlenecks when it comes to selecting hardware and solvers. We will discuss examples of larger simulations and give you a flavor of what to expect from the latest HPC technology in COMSOL Multiphysics®. Special attention will be given to large sparse matrix problems, often at the core of any simulation.

    Speaker: Jacob Yström

  • This minicourse will cover the modeling of low- and high-temperature hydrogen fuel cells and water electrolyzers, based on different electrolytes such as proton exchange membranes (PEM), hydroxide exchange (alkaline) membranes, molten carbonates, and solid oxides. Electrochemical reactions, electrolyte charge transport, gas-phase mass transport, and convective flow will be treated, as well as two-phase water/gas transport.

    Speaker: Henrik Ekström

  • Simulating heat transfer phenomena enables engineers to predict and analyze thermal effects on devices, components, and buildings. During this Tech Café, join COMSOL engineers and colleagues working in these fields to discuss how best to model heat transfer and couple thermal processes with other physics to model phenomena like structural-thermal interaction and electromagnetic heating in COMSOL Multiphysics®.

3:00 p.m.
Q&A and Break
Tech Café, Minicourses, User Presentations, and 1-on-1 Support Sessions
  • In this minicourse, you will learn how to create simulation applications using the Application Builder in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. A simulation application has a specialized user interface and allows for nonspecialists in modeling to benefit from simulations. This minicourse will also give an overview of the different methods of deployment you can use to spread the use of simulation in your organization and to your customers. You will learn how to create standalone applications using COMSOL Compiler™ as well as how to make simulation applications accessible using COMSOL Server™.

    Speaker: Bjorn Sjodin

  • In this minicourse, you will learn about the news in the latest version of the Ray Optics Module. We will introduce some new ways to release rays and handle ray-boundary interactions, as well as some new material models. We will also share some updated Application Library examples and showcase improvements in image simulation capability.

    Speaker: Christopher Boucher

  • Tech Café: Solvers
4:45 p.m. EDT
Closing Remarks and Awards Ceremony

Get ready to connect, learn, and innovate. Join fellow engineers and researchers for two days of learning, talks by industry experts, and presentations featuring multiphysics simulation.



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