Heat Transfer Seminar

Mar 28, 2019 Eindhoven, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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You are invited to join us for a seminar on Heat Transfer modeling with COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Learn how industry leaders are using COMSOL® software to advance their Heat Transfer research. The seminar will also include three guest speakers and two Heat Transfer minicourses.

The event is free-of-charge and attendees will get a 2-week trial of COMSOL Multiphysics®.

Your COMSOL representatives will be available to answer questions during the day.


  • Get an introduction to the capabilities and the fundamental modeling workflow of COMSOL Multiphysics®
  • Watch a live presentation of the entire analysis process via a practical example
  • See how quick and easy it is to turn your sophisticated model into a specialized application that any engineer can use
Invited speaker
Jos van Schijndel, ASML

Thermal Performance Simulation of Phase Change Memory Cells

The well-known Moore’s "law" sets a target for the downscaling of silicon-based electronic devices. The downscaling of devices may provide better performances, such as increased speed and lower power consumption, leading to a lower cost per bit. This is true for the processor technologies and the memory technologies, such as "flash" and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) devices as well as phase change memories (PCMs). One of the most serious issues in PCM scaling is the thermal disturbance caused by neighbor cells.

The aim of the study was to develop a computational model to simulate temperatures inside PCM cells. In the presentation, we will show some results and discuss the problems we faced.

Coffee Break

In this minicourse, you will learn how to model conductive and convective heat transfer in COMSOL Multiphysics® and the Heat Transfer Module. Conductive heat transfer modeling addresses heat transfer through solids and can include heat transfer in thin layers and contact thermal resistance. Convective heat transfer addresses heat transfer in solids and fluids. We will also address natural convection induced by buoyancy forces. Finally, 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.

Invited Speaker
Prajakta Nakate, University of Technology Delft

Numerical Modeling of Anode Baking Process Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

The anode baking process is one of the most important processes in the aluminum industry, as it accounts for 15% of the total costs. The process involves various physics, including turbulent flow, combustion process, radiation, and conjugate heat transfer, that are highly dependent on each other. The ideal anode baking process strives to achieve multiple goals, such as improving anode qualities by providing uniform heat, minimizing energy requirements, reducing NOx production, and reducing soot formation. To optimize the anode baking process and achieve these goals, understanding the process by mathematically modeling the furnace can be important.

The goal of the present work is to find solutions for reducing NOx formation. Therefore, understanding the temperature distribution in the furnace is necessary. The temperature distribution highly depends on the turbulent flow, combustion process, and radiation in the furnace. The model is developed in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to study the turbulent flow of air and is validated by comparing results with another simulation environment. Subsequently, the combustion process and radiation are added in the model and their effect is studied. In this presentation, results obtained so far will be shown, and some findings will be discussed to resolve convergence problems obtained while solving the model.


Changes in the temperature of a material can lead to a change in material phase, such as from solid to liquid to gas. This advanced minicourse will introduce you to the various types of phase change and moisture transport modeling that can be done with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and add-on Heat Transfer Module. We will also review different means to define ambient conditions (especially when solar radiation is accounted for) and how to use them in your heat transfer models.

Coffee Break
Invited Speaker
Patrick Houben and Tak Kaneko, Nexperia

Thermomechanical Analysis for Optimized Architecture of the ADAT3-XF Strip to Strip Eutectic Bonder

The eutectic bonding process deals with contradictions that need to be solved in the system architecture. A high positioning accuracy of ±50 µm (6 sigma), a high process temperature of ±450°C, and a high output of up to 72 kUph are process parameters that are not easy to combine. The aim of using the COMSOL® software was to create a model of the process combined with the machine concept to enable defining the optimal machine concept, meeting all requirements for the lowest cost of goods.

Panel Discussion: Heat Transfer Modeling and Simulation

Invited Speakers

Jos van Schijndel
Jos van Schijndel completed his MSc in 1998 at the Department of Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe). In 2007, he obtained his PhD degree at TUe on integrated heat, air, and moisture modeling. He worked for more than 25 years at TUe on the physics of the built environment. Currently, he is a thermal/flow analyst at ASML. His passion is the computational modeling of high-tech devices using state-of-the-art scientific software and experimental validation.
Prajakta Nakate
University of Technology Delft
Prajakta Nakate is a PhD student at the Delft University of Technology. Her work is in collaboration with Aluchemie B.V., which has anode baking furnaces in Rotterdam. Her research focuses on the mathematical modeling of the anode baking process to reduce NOx from the emissions. This research involves the modeling of the turbulent flow, combustion process, and heat transfer.
Tak Kaneko
Sioux LIME
Tak Kaneko is a senior mathware engineer at Sioux LIME in Eindhoven. LIME is an engineering consultancy that specializes in applying mathematics to solve complex technical problems. One of LIME's tools of the trade is finite element modeling using the COMSOL® software. Tak has studied natural sciences and electrical engineering, earned a PhD in radio astronomy, and worked in various industries. At LIME, Tak applies modeling and numerical techniques to a wide range of problems, such as sensors and industrial machines.
Patrick Houben
Patrick Houben is a senior principal engineer at Nexperia. Nexperia is a dedicated global leader in the production of small-signal discretes, logic devices, and metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). Within the Industrial Technology Engineering Center (ITEC) department, manufacturing tools are developed for the production of these products. Patrick focuses on the architecture and development of die bonding equipment.

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Seminar Details


Conference Center High Tech Campus
Room: Ernst

High Tech Campus 1
5656 AE Eindhoven

We advise guests for High Tech Campus 1 to park in P0. From there it is about 3 minutes walk to the Conference Center.


Ruud Börger
Ruud Börger is an account manager at COMSOL Benelux. Before joining COMSOL in 2010, he earned an MS degree in physics and started his career at Philips. He has extensive knowledge on fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and electromagnetics.
Sander Bezuijen
Sander Bezuijen is an applications engineer at COMSOL, where he specializes in fluid dynamics. Before joining COMSOL in 2017, he studied mechanical engineering at Delft University of Technology.
Frank de Pont
Frank de Pont has been with COMSOL since 2005 and currently works as technical manager for the Benelux office. Before joining COMSOL, he worked as a structural analysis consultant. He received his MSc degree in mechanical engineering from Twente University, Enschede.
Paul Salden
Paul Salden joined the COMSOL Benelux office in 2018, where he works as an applications engineer. He received an MSc degree in aerospace engineering from TU Delft, specializing in structural mechanics. Before joining COMSOL, Paul worked as a data analysis consultant.