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4 Methods to Account for Radiation in Participating Media

May 22, 2019

The discrete ordinates method, P1 approximation, Rosseland approximation, or the Beer–Lambert law: Which should you use to analyze heat transfer in participating media?

How to Use the Well Feature in Subsurface Flow Models

August 21, 2017

The Well feature makes it easier to set up and mesh well geometries for subsurface flow modeling. Learn how to take advantage of this feature’s settings and capabilities.

How to Analyze Thermoelectric Cooler Designs with a COMSOL App

March 8, 2017

A simulation application, such as one for a thermoelectric cooler design, can be used to test a variety of parameters in order to optimize a device for a specific use.

Analyze Thin Structures Using Up and Down Operators

January 12, 2016

Modeling complex geometries with thin structures can be very costly in terms of computational effort, particularly as such structures require quite a lot of mesh elements in order to resolve them. COMSOL Multiphysics provides dedicated features for modeling thin structures so that such models can be solved efficiently while maintaining accuracy. To set up and postprocess thin structures, COMSOL Multiphysics also provides specialized operators to help you consider all the relevant parameters required for accurate results.

Intro to Modeling Evaporative Cooling

December 8, 2014

When you think of evaporation, you probably think of the cup on your desk that spreads the aroma of coffee or tea. But evaporation is also a process with many industrial and scientific applications, ranging from meteorology to food processing. This blog entry is the beginning of a new blog series on modeling evaporative cooling. Here, we introduce the basic concepts using your coffee cup as an example.

Phase Change: Cooling and Solidification of Metal

August 12, 2014

Modeling phase change is important for many thermal processes, ranging from the food industry to the metal processing industry. The Heat Transfer Module offers a dedicated interface for modeling the characteristics of phase change. It uses the apparent heat capacity method, which we introduce here.

Characterizing the Flow and Choosing the Right Interface

April 7, 2014

Fluid flow is involved in many engineering applications. In addition to typical CFD simulations, which replace experiments in wind tunnels, flow must also be considered in the cooling of electronic devices or in the chemical industry, where reacting species are transported by a fluid. COMSOL Multiphysics offers dedicated interfaces for various flow types. When should we use the Laminar Flow or Turbulent Flow interface?

Defining Curvilinear Coordinates for Anisotropic Materials

March 11, 2014

A lot of materials have anisotropic properties and, in many cases, the anisotropy follows the shape of the material. The COMSOL Multiphysics® software offers different methods for defining curvilinear coordinate systems. Here, we discuss the concepts of each and when to use which method.


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