Jun 5, 2019 Cambridge, Massachusetts9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day Cambridge for a day of demonstrations, talks by invited speakers, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other simulation specialists in the COMSOL community.

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We will demonstrate the process of transforming fully defined models into specialized simulation applications and the various ways of deploying those applications.

Invited Speakers
Matthew Hancock, Veryst

Microfluidic Devices Modeling in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Modeling and simulation are key components of the engineering development process, providing a rational, systematic method to engineer and optimize products and dramatically accelerate the development cycle over a pure intuition-driven, empirical testing approach. Modeling and simulation help to identify key parameters related to product performance (“what to try”) as well as insignificant parameters or conditions related to poor outcomes (“what not to try”). For microfluidic devices, modeling and simulation can inform the design and integration of common components such as micropumps, manifolds, and channel networks. Modeling and simulation may also be used to estimate a range of processes occurring within the fluid bulk and near cells, including shear stresses, transport of nutrients and waste, chemical reactions, heat transfer, and surface tension and wetting effects.

In this talk, I will discuss how an array of modeling tools, such as scaling arguments, analytical formulas, and simulations in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, may be leveraged to address these microfluidic device development issues. I will also work through a few examples in detail, including modeling a microfluidic organ-on-a-chip device, and talk about case studies relating to microfluidic device simulation.

Stephen Haralampu, Beta Innovations LLC

Using Simulation to Access Difficult-to-Measure Conditions

Frequently, laboratory setups encounter difficult-to-measure conditions that are important to the overall performance of a system. Simulation is an important tool for exploring these parameters and for enhancing the understanding of very dynamic systems. Two examples will be used to highlight how the COMSOL Multiphysics® software can be used to access difficult-to-measure parameters. In one example, the pH gradient induced by electrokinetic separation in a microfluidic device is calculated. This example shows how the selection and optimization of buffer components impact the pH profile. In the second example, particle trajectories in a high-temperature gas-solid reactor are calculated to understand the impact of various design options. Particle trajectories are used to minimize the likelihood of particles impinging on walls and to understand the time-temperature experience of particles in the reactor.

Brett Austin, Viega

Empowering Sales Through COMSOL® Applications

Viega engineers have put COMSOL® applications directly in the hands of their sales force, creating a seamless design process. Several radiant heating and cooling designs will be reviewed where COMSOL® applications have been created to demonstrate complex models to remote customers around the U.S. and Canada.

Parallel Sessions
Acoustics and Structural Vibrations

Get a brief overview of using the Acoustics Module and Structural Mechanics Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

Introduction to the Model Builder in COMSOL® Version 5.4

This introductory demonstration will show you the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling environment. We will cover all of the key modeling steps, including creating the geometry, setting up the physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing.

Break for Lunch
Parallel Sessions
Biomedical Applications in COMSOL Multiphysics® Panel Discussion
Semiconductor Modeling

We will present a general introduction to the Semiconductor Module for device physics simulation, with an emphasis on practical aspects of the modeling workflow.

Parallel Sessions
Transport Phenomena

Learn how to model mass, momentum, and energy transport in order to simulate nonisothermal flow including chemical reactions in COMSOL Multiphysics®.

Electromagnetic Heating

Learn how to model electromagnetic heating for low- and high-frequency electromagnetics applications. Important electromagnetic heating phenomena covered include Joule heating, induction heating, RF heating, and laser heating.

COMSOL Keynote
Accelerate the Future of IoT, 5G, and SatCom with Simulation

In this session, you will see how high-frequency electromagnetic simulation with the RF Module, an add-on to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, can help your future designs for 5G and internet of things (IoT) applications as well as satellite communication (SatCom).

Parallel Sessions

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 are applicable for almost all types of models.

Piezoelectric Device Simulation

In this session, we will learn about modeling tools available in COMSOL Multiphysics® to simulate piezoelectric devices such as transducers, actuators, harvesters, etc. We will learn the modeling steps required for piezoelectric simulations and multiphysics couplings such as coupling with pressure acoustics as well as coupling with fluid flow and electrical circuits.

Q&A and Meet Your COMSOL Engineer

COMSOL Day Details


Boston Marriott Cambridge
Salon 2 & 3 50 Broadway
02142 Cambridge, Massachusetts

COMSOL Speakers

Vandana Pandian
Vandana Pandian joined COMSOL as a technical sales engineer in 2014 and is the account manager for Massachusetts. She studied biomedical engineering at Clemson University, where she received her MS degree.
Phil Kinnane
Phil Kinnane is the VP of sales at COMSOL, Inc. He has previously worked within the Business Development, Operations, and Marketing departments. Phil has 20 years of experience with modeling and simulation for all fields of engineering. He earned his PhD in electrochemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Bjorn Sjodin
Bjorn Sjodin is the VP of product management at COMSOL. He has been with COMSOL since 1995 and started out as a member of the development team in Stockholm, Sweden. He joined the COMSOL office in Burlington in 2002.
Jiyoun Munn
Jiyoun Munn is the technical product manager for the RF Module at COMSOL and a senior member of IEEE. He has 2 decades of experience in the RF industry, creating more than 150 antenna and microwave device prototypes and holding patents for antenna interrogation systems. He has an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Jinlan Huang
Jinlan Huang is an applications engineer for vibrations and acoustics and instructs acoustics and heat transfer training courses. She received her PhD from Boston University, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, investigating acoustic wave propagation in complex-tissue environments and ultrasound-induced tissue heating and bleeding control. She joined COMSOL in 2011.
Chandan Kumar
Chandan Kumar is an applications engineer specializing in structural mechanics and the analysis and design of microelectromechanical systems. He joined COMSOL in 2009. He earned his PhD from Penn State University, where he studied the dynamics of the self-assembly of semiconductor quantum dots. He is a senior member of IEEE.
Jaymin Patel
Jaymin Patel is an applications engineer at COMSOL. His focus is on products related to CFD, heat transfer, and chemical engineering. He received his master's degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Invited Speakers

Brett Austin
Brett Austin is the heating and cooling design supervisor at Viega, where he began his engineering career in 2009. During his time with Viega, Brett has worked on thousands of radiant heating, cooling, and snow melting designs, totaling more than 20 million square feet, ranging from residential bathroom remodels to high-performance commercial buildings. Brett’s experience with finite element analysis has been key to the success of the engineering team at Viega. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire and is a United States Marine Corps veteran.
Stephen Haralampu
Beta Innovations LLC
Stephen G. Haralampu is a cofounder of Beta Innovations LLC, a product development consulting company. He is an experienced R&D leader successful in the commercialization of highly technical concepts into products, in both the life science tools and consumer products industries. Steve’s focus is on bridging the gap between laboratory bench concepts and manufacturing. He is a chemical engineer specializing in the physical and surface chemistry of biological systems, mathematical modeling, experimental design, and statistical inference. Steve has eight patents and eight peer-reviewed publications as well as been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences. He was the director of RD&E at Protein Forest and director of R&D at Opta Food Ingredients, and he has held various research positions at General Foods, Dynatech R/D, and Ocean Spray Cranberries. Steve holds many degrees in chemical engineering and food engineering, all from MIT.
Matthew Hancock
Veryst Engineering, LLC.
Matthew Hancock earned his PhD in environmental fluid mechanics from MIT. He has since worked in academic, medical, and industrial settings as project lead and a model-based engineering consultant. He is a managing engineer at Veryst Engineering, LLC, and consults in fluid mechanics related to product design and performance, with core areas such as microfluidics, surface tension and wetting, heat transfer, species transport, and mixing. He has worked with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, designing microfluidic devices for genomics and diagnostics applications; Wyss Institute of Harvard University, modeling fluid flow and heat transfer in bioinspired cooling systems; Pennsylvania State University, modeling the wetting and fluid flow near textured surfaces; Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, designing microfluidic devices for tissue engineering; and Department of Applied Mathematics at MIT as an instructor. Dr. Hancock has coauthored dozens of peer-reviewed research articles in journals such as Nature Materials, Lab on a Chip, Small, and Biomaterial.
Fabrice Schlegel
Fabrice Schlegel, PhD, is a mechanical engineer relying on first principles to understand and solve engineering problems, especially those involving fluid flow, heat transfer, and mass transport. Fabrice has a master's in applied mathematics and scientific computing from the MATMECA Engineering School, Bordeaux, France, and a master's and PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT. Before joining Amgen, Fabrice was an applications engineer and team leader at COMSOL, Inc. As part of the Digital Integration and Predictive Technologies (DIPT) team at Amgen, he drives the development and deployment of computational models across the product life cycle to achieve the best patient experience. Fabrice has managed and completed several key projects with process development, spanning the spectrum of the drug substance, drug product, and device and development supply chain verticals.
Nagi Elabbasi
Veryst Engineering, LLC.
Dr. Nagi Elabbasi is a principal engineer at Veryst Engineering, LLC, and his main area of expertise is modeling multiphysics systems. Dr. Elabbasi has extensive experience in simulating structural mechanics, CFD, heat transfer, acoustics, and coupled systems, including FSI, conjugate heat transfer, and structural-acoustic coupling. Prior to joining Veryst, he worked for nine years in finite element software development. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto.
Kedar Chitale
FloDesign Sonics
Dr. Kedar Chitale completed his master's in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and his PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. He has extensive experience in the CFD modeling and simulation of turbulent and low-Reynolds-number flows. He is a principal R&D engineer at FloDesign Sonics, where he uses the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to characterize and optimize acoustic standing wave chambers and maximize acoustic radiation forces on particles. He is currently building ultrasonic devices for cell therapy applications to concentrate, wash, and fractionate different types of cells.
Walfe Franco
Massachusetts General Hospital
Walfe Franco is an assistant professor and assistant in biomedical engineering at the Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, and the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame. His doctoral training was in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and control. His postdoctoral training was in biomedical optics at the University of California, with appointments at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Riverside and the Beckman Laser Institute in Irvine. Before joining the Wellman Center, he worked as an engineer for a biomedical laser device company. His research and development work integrates engineering and life sciences approaches to solve medical problems. Among other approaches, he utilizes computational model frameworks to guide the development of new treatment and diagnostic medical devices and to increase the understanding of how physical forces affect cancer biology. Walfre is committed to applying his broad engineering knowledge to translate treatment procedures and diagnostic tools into the clinic in order to improve patient care.

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