COMSOL Day Government Washington, D.C.

Nov 7, 2019 Washington, District of Columbia8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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At COMSOL Day Government, you will experience technical sessions and demonstrations geared toward governmental applications, panel discussions with engineers from the U.S. Navy and contractors, and two keynote talks from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) and Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

This free, 1-day event also gives you a chance to meet other simulation specialists in government work, as well as COMSOL technical and sales staff.

Join us for COMSOL Day Government on November 7 in Washington, D.C. Sign up today and feel free to invite your colleagues.



Registration and Breakfast
Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics®

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 geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing.

New Features in COMSOL Multiphysics® Version 5.5

Learn about new features in the latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics®, including how they can be incorporated into your multiphysics models.

Coffee Break
Lauren Lagua, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC)

Utilizing COMSOL® for Rapid Prototyping

Coffee Break
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.

Chemical Reactions and Reacting Flows
  • Chemical kinetics and reaction engineering capabilities, including batch/CSTR/plug flow reactors, CHEMKIN® file import, and import of thermodynamic data
  • Chemical species transport through diffusion, convection, and migration in electric fields. Reacting flow that involves fluid flow, heat transfer, and mass transfer with reactions
  • Mixing and reactions in rotating machinery, including the frozen rotor study
Break for Lunch
Wave Optics and Ray Optics

In this session, we will cover the use of the RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module for simulating high-frequency electromagnetic waves and rays. Covered topics include the analysis of microwave, photonics, and optical components including waveguides, antennas, lenses, and high-power laser systems. We will also address the coupling of electromagnetics simulations to other physics, such as heat transfer, including RF heating and STOP analysis.

Fluid Dynamics and Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI)

Are you interested in modeling flow through valves or medical (e.g., cardiovascular) devices where the solid structure and the surrounding fluid interact? If so, then attend this session to learn about modeling fluid-structure interaction (FSI) in COMSOL Multiphysics®. In this session, we will provide an overview of the fluid flow modeling capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics®, including modeling single-phase flows, whether in the laminar or turbulent regime; multiphase flows; and flow through porous media and rotating machinery.

Coffee Break
Cory Cress, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

A Case Study of COMSOL Multiphysics® Uses at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Nonlinear Structural Mechanics Modeling

Learn about nonlinear structural analysis, including geometric nonlinearity, buckling, contact, and nonlinear structural material models. We will illustrate nonlinear material modeling via example models and demonstrate a nonlinear structural analysis in COMSOL Multiphysics®. We will also discuss best practices for nonlinear structural modeling for application areas such as geometric nonlinearity and contact analysis.

Coffee Break
Application Builder

Learn how to use the Application Builder and Method Editor to automate your model building, including setting up the geometry, material properties, loads and boundary conditions; meshing; solving; and extracting data.

Acoustics and Vibrations Analysis in COMSOL Multiphysics®

Learn about the Acoustics Module and how it can be used to model wave propagation in different types of materials, including fluids, solids, porous media, and piezoelectric devices. We will demonstrate how you can use the built-in coupling features to solve an acoustic-structure interaction problem to calculate sound radiation by a vibrating device or determine the transmission of sound through an elastic structure. We will also discuss the aeroacoustics modeling capabilities included in the Acoustics Module.

Coffee Break
Panel Discussion: CFD and Heat Transfer

Panelists include:

  • Don Jordan, Dojo Research and Consulting (DRC)
  • Mark Varady, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center
  • Rajeev Hatwar, DoD BHSAI
Shape and Topology Optimization

Shape optimization involves the free-form deformation of your CAD part by means of the mesh and geometry deformation tools in COMSOL Multiphysics® and 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. These topics and related examples will be covered in this session.


Take the opportunity to discuss your applications with the COMSOL team and receive guidance for your modeling problems.

COMSOL Day Details


Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton at the Chevy Chase Pavilion
4300 Military Road NW
20015 Washington, District of Columbia

Friendship Heights Station is directly underneath the hotel; available self-parking garage.

Invited Speakers

Cory Cress
Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

Cory D. Cress received his PhD in microsystems engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008, and is currently a materials research engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Dr. Cress currently leads multiple research efforts pertaining to nanomaterials, optoelectronics, and hyperthermal ion beam processing. He has coauthored over 80 peer-reviewed journal publications, cited over 3300 times, and has an h-index of 27 (Google Scholar). Dr. Cress has five patents issued and three patents pending. Notable recognitions include an NRL Karles Fellowship (2009-2010), a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associateship (2008), and Best Paper/Presentation Awards (2014, 2013, 2008(2), 2006), and a NASA Graduate Student Research Fellowship (2006).

Lauren Lagua
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC)

Lauren Lagua is an acoustics engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) in their Undersea Systems Division. She received her MS from the University of Maryland, Department of Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on nonlinear, viscoelastic material analysis. At NGC, her role focuses on sonar transducer design, manufacturing, and acoustic testing.

Don Jordan
Dojo Research and Consulting (DRC)

Don Jordan received a BS degree in mechanical engineering from RPI and a PhD in aerospace engineering from UT Austin. He then spent nearly two decades at the University of Virginia, where he served in various roles including lecturer, professor, and research scientist, as well as taught courses including fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, and experimental methods. In 2015, he left academia to found Dojo Research and Consulting (DRC), where he performs consulting work in the areas of fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and instrumentation, and serves as leader of the company.

Mark Varady
U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center

Mark Varady received a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010 and is currently a research engineer with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center. In his current role, Dr. Varady primarily studies chemical transport mechanisms in polymer-based materials and has developed models of liquid spreading on rough surfaces and diffusion in polymers with viscoelastic response. Dr. Varady has also contributed to projects studying the dispersion of toxic vapors emitting from contaminated military assets.

Rajeev Hatwar

Rajeev Hatwar received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai, India in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore in 2017. He is currently working as a Research Scientist at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, in support of DoD BHSAI. Dr. Hatwar has extensive research background on computational bioheat transfer with applications to medically relevant problems, such as tumor detection and heat illnesses. Currently, at the BHSAI, Dr. Hatwar works on developing a FE based thermoregulatory model that can capture the spatial and temporal distribution of temperature in the virtual human when subjected to exertional/environmental heat-stress conditions.

COMSOL Speakers

Jeanette Littmarck
Jeanette Littmarck has 25 years of sales experience at COMSOL and is the sales director for government accounts in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Alabama; and Virginia. She joined COMSOL AB in Sweden in 1992 and became the first sales representative for all Scandinavian customers before moving to the Burlington office in 2000.
Gilbert Kiyingi
Gilbert Kiyingi joined COMSOL in 2015 and currently works as a technical sales engineer, covering accounts in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. He received a BS in aerospace engineering from Boston University.
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.
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.
Aline Tomasian
Aline Tomasian is an applications engineer at COMSOL, specializing in high- and low-frequency electromagnetics. She holds a BS in physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Siva Sashank Tholeti
Siva Sashank Tholeti is an applications engineer at COMSOL. He received his PhD in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University. His areas of interest include CFD, plasma-enhanced aerodynamics, plasma physics, propulsion, and multiphysics problems.

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