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Happy Birthday, Sir William Ramsay

October 2, 2019

Argon got its name, which means “lazy”, because it doesn’t react with other elements in air — or seem to do much of anything. The chemist behind this discovery went on to find the noble gases.

Happy Birthday, James Joseph Sylvester

September 3, 2019

Ever heard the word combiants? What about plagiograph, allotrius, or zetaic? The Shakespeare of mathematics, James Joseph Sylvester used his love of poetry to find new ways to describe theories.

Defeating Giant Movie Monsters Using Mathematical Modeling

August 5, 2019

The predator-prey equation can predict how we’d fare in a monster invasion, as well as real-world biology and ecology scenarios like shark overpopulation and tumor movement.

Optimizing Lubricated Systems with Numerical Simulation

July 11, 2019

Experts at SIMTEC designed a lubricated mechanical contact using numerical modeling and built an application for optimizing the use of lubrication in rolling and sliding bearings.

Happy Birthday, Maria Goeppert Mayer

June 28, 2019

2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, and 126 were the “magic numbers” that led Maria Goeppert Mayer to develop the first mathematical model for nuclear shells in an atom.

Optimizing PID Controller Performance with COMSOL Multiphysics®

June 11, 2019

PID controllers involve three components that must work together simultaneously, and it can be challenging to get each of them just right. That’s where process control simulation comes in.

Keynote Video: Improving Process Understanding with Applications

May 30, 2019

When an organization’s research spans across many industries, consistent product quality becomes the name of the game. That’s why Huntsman Advanced Materials turned to simulation applications.

Analyzing Topology Optimization of a Photoacoustic Spectroscopy Cell

May 24, 2019

Signals generated via photoacoustic spectroscopy are often weak and difficult to detect. Acoustic cells can be used to amplify the signal, but they need to be designed with sensitivity in mind.

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