COMSOL Day: Simulation in Academic Research and Education
See what is possible with multiphysics simulation
The application of new and innovative multiphysics simulation tools and techniques has led to accelerated research of scientific and engineering phenomena as well as increased understanding of the underlying principles of such within engineering education. COMSOL Day: Simulation in Academic Research and Education will feature invited speakers and panelists using simulation as a tool for research, particularly when deployed throughout a group, as well as a teaching aid.
We welcome both experienced COMSOL Multiphysics® users and those who are new to multiphysics simulation in attending presentations and a panel discussion showcasing the experiences professors and lecturers have had when using simulation within their classroom settings to maximize the learning process while keeping students engaged. Other presentations will delve into how some departmental heads and research group leaders have employed COMSOL Multiphysics® throughout their teams to investigate specific applications, while symbiotically making use of a common tool to share results and discoveries with colleagues researching similar applications.
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To start, we will briefly discuss the format of the day and go over the logistics for using GoToWebinar.
Get an overview of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and explore its capabilities for teaching and research. We will take you through the modeling workflow, introduce you to multiphysics simulation, and discuss how to develop specialized applications for teaching and research. In addition, we will cover practical examples of how simulations can be incorporated into the curriculum and discuss how they can engage students and help them gain a deep understanding of physics concepts.
ir. Tess Ysebaert, University of Antwerp
An emerging phenomenon in the city are walls overgrown with plants. If you take a closer look, you can see black dust on the leaves of these green walls. Plants capture particulate matter (PM) from the air and improve air quality. To accurately calculate the impact of green walls on airflow and the PM concentration, we are developing a model framework using COMSOL Multiphysics®. It includes the coupling of a fluid flow model with a dispersion model.
An advanced experimental facility was set up for assessing the impact of PM mitigation strategies and technologies. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling was used to design the wind tunnel setup so that it fitted the particular location while assuring a uniform and steady flow field. The new facility allows to perform all necessary experiments to determine the relevant aerodynamic parameters and the deposition/resuspension rate of PM on green wall species. These results allow us to parameterize and validate the model framework. The model framework will be applied to explore the potential of nature-based systems and ecotechnological solutions for urban PM mitigation.
The development of new and innovative systems and solutions suitable for purifying air on the scale of streets, underground car parks and tunnels is a main research line of the research group Sustainable Energy, Air & Water Technology (DuEL) at the University of Antwerp. The development, design, and upscaling of reactors are addressed by a well-considered combination of experimental design and computational fluid dynamics (CFD)/multiphysics modeling. CFD city models are currently being developed to study airflow and pollutant dispersion to investigate the impact of our mitigation solutions.
Dr. Adam Boyce, University College London
Lithium-ion batteries (LIB) span portable electronic devices to electric vehicles. They are ubiquitous in everyday life and play a crucial role in the development of sustainable energy systems. In broad terms, an LIB electrode microstructure comprises three discrete phases: the particles where lithium is stored, a porous domain filled with electrolyte where lithium ions are transported, and a conductive additive that permits electron conduction. Nano and micro X-ray computed tomography (CT) have been used to acquire detailed 3D images of the highly heterogeneous microstructure of a nickel-manganese-cobalt-based LIB electrode. These images form the basis for a physics-based electrochemical model, which is implemented using COMSOL Multiphysics®, and enables the prediction of LIB performance. An image-based model is a tool that allows a greater understanding of these complex multiphase systems whilst providing a platform to optimize and design improved LIB energy storage capabilities.
Two distinct studies are detailed that highlight the benefit of using such modeling techniques. First, image processing methods such as morphological operations and computational mirroring have been used to make realistic alterations to the original CT image and facilitate the manipulation of the electrode thickness and constituent volume fractions. These key parameters dictate the transport of species throughout the microstructure and directly influence the energy storage and charging capabilities of LIBs. The resulting altered images form the basis of an image-based multiphysics parametric study.
The second image-based study addresses fracture of an LIB microstructure, which is found to contribute to the loss in storage capability and lifespan reduction of a battery. The COMSOL-based electrochemical model is augmented to account for swelling-induced stresses, which leads to fracture of electrode particles. This is achieved via a fully coupled electro-chemo-mechanical and phase field fracture framework, which captures complex crack initiation, branching, and propagation. This highly coupled multiphysics model provides a platform that facilitates a deeper understanding of electrode fracture and a tool that enables the design of next-generation electrodes with higher capacities and improved degradation characteristics.
Learn about the development of specialized applications as an effective tool for teaching. With the help of a live demonstration using COMSOL Multiphysics® and the built-in Application Builder, you will see how simple physics-based applications can be created to help students develop an intuitive understanding of the problem at hand. We will also show you how to easily distribute applications to students and collaborators using COMSOL Server™ and COMSOL Compiler™.
Modeling can be used to teach the fundamentals of physics and provide realistic understanding of the underlying mathematical equations to engineering students by allowing them to create their first designs. By introducing mathematical modeling into engineering curricula (in lectures and laboratories or for individual study), students enhance their intuitive understanding of advanced topics and see its potential for when they join the workforce. Join us and a select group of professors and lecturers who have been using COMSOL Multiphysics® as an integral part of their courses to hear how it is adding value to teaching new engineers.
apl. Prof. Francesco Grilli, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
The growing interest in modeling superconductors has led to the development of increasingly effective numerical models and software. Alongside this interest, the question of how to teach and explain the operation of superconductors to students has arisen. EPFL and KIT have created a series of web applications based on COMSOL Multiphysics® that are publicly accessible through a web server called AURORA. Users can change the values of several parameters of the applications and observe the influence on the results. This presentation introduces some of the currently available applications and shows typical exercises that can be done with them.
Prof. Kirill Horoshenkov, Dr. Anton Krynkin, Dr. Yicheng Yu, Alex Dell, University of Sheffield
COMSOL Multiphysics® has been used extensively by researchers at the University of Sheffield (UK) to study sound propagation and acoustical properties of a range of media. This range includes complex acoustic systems consisting of both resonant and soft acoustic boundaries, pipes with complicated connections and embedded artifacts, and in porous media. These simulations inform the design of new acoustic sensors and more efficient noise control solutions that can be used in buildings, buried pipe infrastructure, robots, and manufacturing.
High-performance computing (HPC) is often used to increase the computational power available for large numerical simulations. With the increased computational resources, it is often possible to reduce the time required to compute data-intensive tasks when compared to a standard workstation. The most common benefits come when computing a model in one of two ways: shared memory computations, where resources are combined to solve the problem, and distributed memory computations, where simulations of separate parameters are computationally divided up and computed in parallel on separate nodes in the HPC before being combined. This session will review key computer hardware components where bottlenecks or limitations can occur and present the COMSOL Multiphysics® features that will allow you to maximize the additional performance within a HPC environment or cluster.
Modern engineering programs have expanded from traditional curricula to now incorporate many different applications from various fields and disciplines. The programs often start with initial undergraduate courses that concentrate on topics in isolation, then move on to a holistic approach to group projects that are often multidisciplinary. The COMSOL Multiphysics® software enhances this approach with its ability to model all physics phenomena in one software environment, including fully coupled multiphysics. Join us to see examples of how COMSOL Multiphysics® is useful in multidisciplinary group projects.
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