COMSOL CONFERENCE 2017 Rotterdam

October 18–20


You are invited to attend the COMSOL Conference 2017 to advance your numerical simulation skills and connect with fellow modeling and design experts. This year’s event focuses on spreading the advantages of simulation through multiphysics analysis and specialized simulation apps. Thousands of attendees from around the world will share their experiences with modeling and building apps. Join us at the COMSOL Conference to:

  • Interact with the COMSOL community and learn how to use simulation for design and research
  • Stay up-to-date with current multiphysics modeling tools and technologies
  • Pick up new simulation techniques in a variety of minicourses
  • Get assistance for your modeling problems at demo stations
  • Learn how to build and deploy simulation apps for your team or organization
  • Draw inspiration for your next design innovation from leaders in multiphysics simulation

Schedule October 18–20

8 a.m.
Registration Opens
9 a.m.
Minicourses
  • Speaker: Hamid Ghanbari

    In this minicourse, you will learn to build system-level reaction kinetics models together with process models that include effects of mass, momentum, and energy transport using the Chemical Reaction Engineering Module. This course will also address topics including surface reactions, diffusion and convection in diluted and concentrated solutions, thermal effects on reaction chemistry, mass and heat transfer in heterogeneous catalysis, and optimization of yield and throughput.


  • Speaker: Thorsten Koch

    Learn how to use COMSOL Server™ to deploy apps created with COMSOL Multiphysics® and spread the use of simulation. This minicourse will introduce you to working with the administration web page, managing user accounts and privileges, uploading and managing apps, monitoring usage, and configuring system-level settings.


  • Speaker: Jacob Yström

    Partial differential equations (PDEs) constitute the mathematical foundation to describe the laws of nature. This minicourse will introduce you to the techniques for constructing your own linear or nonlinear PDE systems. You will also learn how to add ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and algebraic equations to your model.


  • Speaker: Lorant Olasz

    Whether you choose to construct a geometry in the COMSOL Desktop® or to import it from a CAD file, this minicourse will demonstrate some useful tools. Did you know that COMSOL Multiphysics® can automatically generate the cross section of a solid object and that you can use it for a 2D simulation? Or that you can directly import topographic data to create 3D objects? Generating a geometry is also about preparing selections for physics settings. By using the right selection tools, you can easily automate the modeling workflow even when this involves simulations on widely different versions of a geometry. Attend this minicourse to see a demonstration of these techniques and more.


  • Speaker: Nicolas Huc

    In this minicourse, you will learn about modeling conductive and convective heat transfer with COMSOL Multiphysics®, the Heat Transfer Module, CFD Module, and Subsurface Flow Module. Conductive heat transfer modeling addresses heat transfer through solids and can include heat transfer in thin layers, contact thermal resistance, and phase change. Convective heat transfer addresses heat transfer in solids and fluids. We will address natural convection induced by buoyancy forces.


  • Speaker: Rien Wesselink

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples from electromagnetics and will complement the material covered during the Electromagnetics minicourses.


10:30 a.m.
Demo Stations, Poster Session, Exhibition Open
10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
11 a.m.
Keynote Session
  • Svante Littmarck, COMSOL, Inc.
12 p.m.
Lunch
1 p.m.
Minicourses
  • Speaker: Henrik Ekström

    In this minicourse, you will learn to model battery cells with a focus on lithium-ion batteries, including charge transport and electrode reactions, and get an introduction to the corresponding couplings to heat transport for performing thermal simulations. We will address how to simulate various transient phenomena such as constant current-constant voltage (CCCV) charge/discharge cycling, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and capacity fade.


  • Speaker: Nicolas Huc

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples from heat transfer and will complement the material covered during the Heat Transfer minicourses.


  • Speaker: Magnus Björkman

    This minicourse will focus on how to interface the MATLAB® and COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Learn how to use MATLAB® as a scripting interface to implement and solve your COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation, export or import your data at the MATLAB® command prompt, and define model properties such as boundary conditions or material definitions within an m-function.


  • Speaker: Jacob Yström

    COMSOL Multiphysics® gives you precise control over the way in which your multiphysics models are solved. In this minicourse, we will cover the fundamental numerical techniques and underlying algorithms used for steady-state models, and explain the reasons behind the default solver settings. Building upon this knowledge, you will learn various techniques for achieving or accelerating convergence of nonlinear multiphysics models.


  • Speaker: Peter Yakubenko

    In this minicourse, we will address the modeling of stresses, strains, and deflections in solid materials and mechanisms. Stationary, transient, and frequency-domain simulations will be covered. Shells, membranes, beams, and trusses will also be introduced. If you are interested in learning about the Structural Mechanics Module and Multibody Dynamics Module, this minicourse is for you.


  • By: Simpleware

    This minicourse demonstrates the ease of obtaining high-quality meshes from 3D images for use in COMSOL Multiphysics®. The workflow of processing volume image data (e.g., from MRI, CT, Micro-CT,and FIB-SEM) to create meshes for Life Sciences, Materials, and Industrial applications will be outlined and demonstrated. Learn how the robust and automated meshing algorithms can convert multiple segmented regions into multipart, watertight and analysis-ready models in minutes. Also, see the latest image visualization, segmentation, and meshing tools from recent and upcoming releases


2:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
3 p.m.
Minicourses
  • Speaker: Mats Nigam

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples from fluid flow and will complement the material covered during the CFD minicourses.


  • Speaker: Magnus Olsson

    In this minicourse, we will address the modeling of resistive and capacitive devices with the AC/DC Module and discuss the calculation of ion and electron trajectories using the Particle Tracing Module. We will also cover the calculation of electric fields under steady-state, transient, and frequency-domain conditions, as well as the extraction of lumped parameters such as capacitance matrices. Applications include modeling of resistive heating and sensor design. Additionally, we will discuss the Charged Particle Tracing interface, with applications in mass spectrometry, accelerator physics, ion optics, and etching.


  • Speaker: Thorsten Koch

    The Application Builder, included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, allows you to wrap your COMSOL models in user-friendly interfaces. This minicourse will cover the two main components of the Application Builder: the Form Editor and the Method Editor. You will learn how to use the Form Editor to add buttons, sliders, input and output objects, and more. You will also learn how to use the Method Editor and other tools to efficiently write methods to extend the functionality of your apps.


  • Speaker: Jacob Yström

    COMSOL Multiphysics® includes a set of powerful implicit time-stepping algorithms for fast and accurate solutions to transient models. In this minicourse, you will learn how to pick a solver based on the problem at hand, measure and control computational error, as well as check convergence and other salient issues in time-dependent analyses using the finite element method.


  • Speaker: Peter Yakubenko

    This minicourse builds upon static and dynamic modeling to address questions of material nonlinearity and fatigue. We will cover the various nonlinear material models used for modeling of metals, polymers, soils, and ceramics. Furthermore, we will discuss creep modeling and structural and thermal fatigue modeling.


4:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m.
Boat Tour

Join us for a boat tour of the different harbors in Rotterdam and enjoy a view of the city skyline. There will be food and beverages available onboard.

Pegasus Rotterdam
Jufferkade 81
3011 VW Rotterdam (this is walking distance from the venue)

8 a.m.
Registration
8:30 a.m.
Minicourses
  • Speaker: Mats Nigam

    In this minicourse, we will cover the Microfluidics Module, which features custom interfaces for the simulation of microfluidic devices and rarefied gas flows. Single-phase flow capabilities include both Newtonian and non-Newtonian flow. Beyond its single-phase flow capabilities, this module also allows for two-phase flow simulations capturing surface tension forces, capillary forces, and Marangoni effects. Typical applications include: lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices, digital microfluidics, electrokinetic and magnetokinetic devices, inkjets, and vacuum systems. We will also discuss the Particle Tracing for Fluid Flow interface, with applications such as dielectrophoretic separation, filtration, erosion, and mixing of inertial particles in fluids.


  • Speaker: Magnus Olsson

    Magnetic fields arise due to magnets and the flow of current. In this minicourse, you will learn about using the AC/DC Module to model static, transient, and frequency-domain magnetic fields that arise around magnets and coils. We will introduce various ways of modeling magnetically permeable materials as well as address motor and generator modeling.


  • Speaker: Nicolas Huc

    Radiative heat transfer is one of the three types of heat transfer and plays a major role in many applications. During this session, we will focus on the features to model surface-to-surface radiation for gray surfaces or for multiple spectral bands, such as for solar and infrared radiation, for example. We will discuss different examples in order to help identify cases where thermal radiation has to be accounted for.

    Defining ambient conditions is a key point in the model definition, especially when solar radiation is accounted for, but there are also other cases. We will review the different means to define the ambient condition and how use them for conduction, convection, and radiation in the heat transfer models.


  • Speaker: Lorant Olasz

    In this minicourse, we will walk you through the meshing techniques that are available to you in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We will introduce you to basic meshing concepts, such as how to tweak the meshing parameters for unstructured meshes. More advanced topics include working with swept meshes and creating mesh plots. You will also learn a useful technique for meshing imported CAD designs: how to hide small geometry features from the mesher.


  • Speaker: Peter Yakubenko

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples from structural mechanics and will complement the material covered during the Structural Mechanics minicourses.


10 a.m.
Coffee Break
12 p.m.
Lunch
1 p.m.
User Presentations
2:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
2:45 p.m.
User Presentations
4:15 p.m.
Coffee Break
4:30 p.m.
Minicourses
  • Speaker: Kirill Shaposhnikov

    Acoustic pressure waves in fluids such as air or water interact with surrounding structures resulting in vibrations in solids and absorption in porous materials. Furthermore, in narrow structures, thermal and viscous loss in the fluid become significant and need to be included. In large domains, such as rooms or in the ocean, ray and diffusion methods need to be used. In this minicourse, we will use the Acoustics Module to demonstrate the simulation of these waves and their effects. You will also learn about recent news and additions to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Application areas include, but are not limited to: muffler design, mobile devices, transducer design, loudspeakers, sound insulation materials, room and car acoustics, and ultrasound flow meters.


  • Speaker: Thorsten Koch

    Learn how to use the Application Builder and the Method Editor to automate your model building, including setting up the geometry, material properties, loads and boundary conditions; meshing; solving; and extracting data. You will learn how the Application Builder can be a powerful tool in your modeling process.


  • Speaker: Mats Nigam

    Learn how to efficiently simulate incompressible and compressible turbulent flows in this CFD minicourse. The CFD Module allows for accurate multiphysics-flow simulations such as conjugate heat transfer with nonisothermal flow and fluid-structure interactions. We will also discuss the module interfaces for simulating flow in porous media, discrete and homogeneous two-phase flow, and flow in stirred vessels with rotating parts.


  • Speaker: Hamid Ghanbari

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples from chemical engineering and will complement the material covered during the Chemical Engineering minicourses.


  • Speaker: Tycho van Noorden

    The Optimization Module will take you beyond traditional engineering analysis and into the design process. In this minicourse, you will learn to use gradient-based optimization techniques and constraint equations to define and solve problems in shape, parameter, and topology optimization, as well as inverse modeling. The techniques shown in this minicourse are applicable for almost all types of models.


6 p.m.
Poster Session
7 p.m.
Gala Dinner
8:30 a.m.
Registration
9 a.m.
Minicourses
  • Speaker: Frank de Pont

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples relying on the core functionality of COMSOL Multiphysics and will complement the material covered during the Meshing, Solvers, and Optimization minicourses.


  • Speaker: Magnus Olsson

    In this minicourse, we will cover the use of the RF Module and Wave Optics Module for simulating Maxwell's equations in the high-frequency, electromagnetic wave regime. We will discuss applications in resonant cavity analysis, antenna modeling, transmission lines and waveguides, periodic structures, and scattering. Then, we will address the coupling of electromagnetic wave simulations to heat transfer, such as in RF heating, for example.


  • Speaker: Tycho van Noorden

    COMSOL Multiphysics® can perform truly bidirectional fluid-structure interactions where viscous and pressure forces act on an elastic structure and structural velocity forces act back on the fluid. Attend this minicourse to learn about the ready-made physics interface that is available for this important multiphysics application.


  • Speaker: Nicolas Huc

    Changes in the temperature of a material can lead to a change in material phase, from solid to liquid to gas. This minicourse will introduce you to the various types of phase change modeling that can be done with COMSOL Multiphysics® and the Heat Transfer Module. We will address the relative merits and trade-offs between these techniques.


  • Speaker: Frank van Gool

    When presenting your results, the quality of your postprocessing will determine the impact of your presentation. This minicourse will thoroughly explore the many tools in the Results node designed to make your data look its best. These include mirroring, revolving symmetric data, cut planes, cut lines, exporting data, joining or comparing multiple data sets, as well as animations. You look best when your data looks best!


10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
11:30 a.m.
Lunch
12:30 p.m.
Exhibition Closes
12:30 p.m.
Minicourses
  • Speaker: Kirill Shaposhnikov

    This guided hands-on session will walk you through examples from acoustics and will complement the material covered during the Acoustics minicourse.


  • Speaker: Thorsten Koch

    The Application Builder, included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, allows you to wrap your COMSOL models in user-friendly interfaces. This minicourse will cover the two main components of the Application Builder: the Form Editor and the Method Editor. You will learn how to use the Form Editor to add buttons, sliders, input and output objects, and more. You will also learn how to use the Method Editor and other tools to efficiently write methods to extend the functionality of your apps.


  • Speaker: Frank van Gool

    Porous media surrounds us; be it the ground beneath us, paper products, filters, or even biological tissue. In this minicourse, we will explore flow and diffusion in porous media as well as how to treat partially saturated media. We will also cover coupled systems including linked free and porous flows; poroelasticity; and mass convection-diffusion in forced, gravity-fed, and density-driven flows.


  • Speaker: Magnus Olsson

    In this minicourse, we will cover the use of the Ray Optics Module to simulate electromagnetic wave propagation in optically large geometries in which the wavelength is much smaller than the smallest geometric detail in the model. You will learn how to trace rays through homogeneous and graded-index media, model reflection and refraction at mirrors and lenses, analyze ray intensity and polarization, and investigate various optical aberrations. We will discuss application areas including cameras, spectrometers, laser focusing systems, and solar collectors. You will also learn how to apply the Ray Optics Module in a multiphysics context by considering structural and thermal effects.


  • Speaker: Jacob Yström

    Solving large and complex finite element models can take significant time and computational resources. In this minicourse, we will address the differences of the various solvers in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software in terms of their time and memory usage. Solver performance is also inextricably linked to computer architecture. We will address issues such as memory bandwidth, using parallel and cluster computing efficiently, and handling very large models.


2 p.m.
Conference Ends

Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam

Beursplein 37
3011 AA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Get Directions

From Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam)

Take a train (NSHispeed) to Rotterdam Central Station. Once you reach Rotterdam Central Station you can travel to the WTC by metro, by tram or by foot.

  • Underground to Beurs station (exit Beursplein)
  • Tram 8, 21, 23, 24 of 25 to Beurs stop
  • On foot (10 min), follow the Stadhuis/Beurs signs
From Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Take bus line 33 towards Rotterdam Central Station. For further directions please see above.

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This is a list of the hotels with a reduced rate located near WTC Rotterdam (conference venue). Reservations can be done on the above website (HMC Reservations). A limited number of rooms is available.

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