October 28, 2021 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. BST

View All COMSOL Day Locations

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.

View the program below and register for free today!


9:30 a.m.

To start, we will briefly discuss the format of the day and go over the logistics for using GoToWebinar.

9:45 a.m.

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.

10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

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.

10:50 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

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.

11:20 a.m.
11:30 a.m.

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™.

12:00 p.m.
12:15 p.m.
Break for Lunch
1:00 p.m.

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.

2:00 p.m.

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.

2:20 p.m.
2:30 p.m.

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.

2:50 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
Parallel Session
Getting the Most from Cluster Computing with COMSOL®

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.

Enhancing Multidisciplinary Group Projects with COMSOL Multiphysics®

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.

3:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks

COMSOL Speakers

Wen Zhang
Managing Director, UK
Wen Zhang is currently the managing director of the COMSOL UK office. She received her PhD in semiconductor and optoelectronic devices from the University of Southampton.
Richard Chippendale
Technical Manager
Richard Chippendale is a technical manager at COMSOL UK, specializing in electromagnetics simulations. He earned an Mphys and PhD from the University of Southampton, investigating the interaction of lightning strikes with carbon fiber composites. He was a research fellow at the University of Southampton, focusing on high-voltage cable simulations.
Nathaniel Davies
Applications Engineer
Nathaniel Davies joined COMSOL in early 2020 as an applications engineer specializing in electromagnetism. He studied at Oxford University, completing an undergraduate degree and PhD in condensed matter physics with a research specialism in novel magnetic and superconducting materials.
Arno Dubois
Applications Engineer
Arno Dubois is an applications engineer at COMSOL UK, specializing in computational fluid dynamics. He received a BSc and MSc in marine technology from Delft University of Technology and a PhD from the Australian Maritime College, developing a numerical methodology to investigate a novel propulsion and maneuvering system for autonomous underwater vehicles.
James Gaffney
Senior Applications Engineer
James Gaffney works at COMSOL as a senior applications engineer for acoustics. He studied acoustical engineering at the University of Southampton, where he also earned his doctorate degree. His research involved predicting the fuselage installation effects from engine fan tones with analytical methods.
Charlie Johnson
Applications Engineer
Charlie Johnson is an applications engineer at COMSOL UK, specializing in electromagnetics simulations. She holds an MPhys from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from the University of Bristol, with both focused on computational and mathematical physics.

Join COMSOL Day: Simulation in Academic Research and Education

Log in or sign up to register. A COMSOL Access account is required to attend COMSOL Day: Simulation in Academic Research and Education.
Forgot your Password?
You have successfully logged in. This page will refresh to complete your event registration.
You have successfully created a new COMSOL Access account. This page will refresh to complete your event registration.

COMSOL Day Details


This event will take place online.

Local Start Time:
October 28, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. BST (UTC+01:00)
My Start Time:
Select time zone below:

Invited Speakers & Panelists

apl. Prof. Francesco Grilli Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Francesco Grilli studied physics at the University of Genoa (Italy) and technical sciences at EPF Lausanne. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Polytechnique Montreal, he joined the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where he is currently leading a group focusing on the numerical modeling of superconductors, from materials to large-scale applications. His main research interests include the 2D and 3D modeling of the electromagnetic and thermal behavior of high-temperature superconductors and the characterization of their properties.

Dr. Adam Boyce University College London

Adam Boyce joined the Electrochemical Innovation Lab at University College London as a postdoctoral research associate in early 2020. His research focuses on the prediction and optimization of next-generation electrodes using multiphysics models that are based on images acquired via nano- and micro-X-ray computed tomography. He was awarded a PhD in materials engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2019, where his research focused on the mechanical behavior and design of novel porous materials such as composite foams. His research interests lie under the broad theme of mechanics of materials, with a particular interest in the relationship between microstructure and performance of energy storage devices and composite materials.

ir. Tess Ysebaert University of Antwerp

Tess Ysebaert works as a PhD researcher at the Department of Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp. Her current research concerns the understanding and optimization of urban green to mitigate particulate matter pollution based on wind tunnel and modeling studies. The Research Foundation–Flanders (FWO) granted her with a doctoral scholarship in 2019. This PhD research fits within a broader aspiration, namely applying science and technology to improve the environment that we are living in.

Prof. Kirill Horoshenkov University of Sheffield

Kirill Horoshenkov (FREng) is a professor of acoustics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has a track record of applying his acoustics expertise to a range of engineering problems, including outdoor sound propagation, acoustics of porous media, and acoustic sensing with robotics. He leads the EPSRC Programme Grant Pipebots and EPSRC UK Acoustics Network with more than 1000 members. He published more than 100 refereed journal papers and a similar number of papers in conference proceedings. He is an author or coauthor of 10 patents/patent applications. Three patents that bear his name or his direct contribution have been exploited commercially by Acoutechs Ltd (acoustic material manufacturing taken over by Armacell), Acoustic Sensing Technology Ltd (acoustic inspection for buried pipes), and nuron Ltd (fiber optic cable sensing of buried pipes).

Dr. Anton Krynkin University of Sheffield

Dr. Anton Krynkin is a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield. His research interests include multiple scattering of acoustic waves by periodic/random arrays of scatterers, the modeling of wave propagation in metamaterials and heterogeneous media, the development of effective medium models based on homogenization techniques, studying the dynamics of shallow water flow with acoustic and electromagnetic signals, and the development of noninvasive monitoring technologies for water pipes. He has been using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software for more than 10 years in the modeling of acoustic problems.

Dr. Yicheng Yu University of Sheffield

Dr. Yicheng Yu is a research associate in acoustic sensing at the University of Sheffield. His expertise is in vibroacoustics modeling and signal processing. As part of Theme 2, he works on the development of new acoustic (sonic) technologies for robotic sensing of buried pipes. This includes the physics study of acoustic wave propagation in sewage or water pipes, which can be useful for defect detection, acoustic communication, and robotic localization/navigation. In addition, he explores signal processing, probabilistic and intelligent techniques for the identification and classification of defects in pipes.

Alex Dell University of Sheffield

Alex Dell is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. His supervisor is Anton Krynkin and he is industrially sponsored by Sonobex Ltd. His research area is in the development of broadband, low-frequency, sound-absorbing acoustic metamaterials for noise attenuation purposes. The focus of this project is the implementation of Helmholtz resonators to one- and two-port waveguides to achieve this. Additional areas of research include a collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University on the use of resonant sonic crystals within windows to reduce external noise and also on the use of sound soft scatterers in perforated pipes for very-low-frequency sound attenuation.

Dr. James Bowen The Open University

Dr. James Bowen completed his PhD researching nanoscale adhesion in 2006, followed by postdoctoral studies into the adhesive and rheological properties of liquid nanofilms. From 2009 to 2014, he designed and managed the ERDF-funded Science City Advanced Materials Laboratory at the University of Birmingham. In 2015, he joined the School of Engineering and Innovation at the Open University. James’s interests cover a wide range of topics regarding surfaces, nanomaterials, complex fluids, and soft matter. His current focus areas include research into carbon dioxide sequestration, energy storage technologies, biomaterials, and off-world habitat manufacture.

Dr.ir. Ron van Ostayen Delft University of Technology

Ron van Ostayen is an associate professor of tribotronics at Delft University of Technology. He has published in national and international journals; at numerous conferences and workshops; and holds several patents, mainly in the field of full-film tribology. He is currently the Programme Director of the BSc Mechanical Engineering. His stay at Delft has been interspaced with inspirational sabbatical leaves at MIT, Cambridge (USA), and TUM, München (Germany).

Prof. Dr. Alexander Frey University of Applied Sciences Augsburg

Alexander Frey studied physics at the University of Würzburg and the University of Texas at Austin. During his industrial PhD at Infineon AG he developed electrochemical biomolecular sensor systems with integrated microelectronic signal electronics. After that, he developed miniaturized, self-powered MEMS sensor systems in the research laboratories of Siemens AG. Since 2012 he is professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg. His work is focused on the field of electronic components, measurement technology and physical modeling of mechatronic systems with finite element simulations.

Prof. Jonas Faleskog KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Jonas Faleskog is a professor in solid mechanics at KTH. He carries out research in fracture and material mechanics and teaches courses in FEM, plasticity, fracture, and continuum mechanics. Currently, he very much enjoys teaching a simulation- and project-based course on FEM modeling using COMSOL Multiphysics®, where the effects of various physical phenomena on the deformation of solids are explored.