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Improved Functionality and Tips for Importing STL and NASTRAN® Files

September 14, 2016

STL files originating from 3D scan sources and meshes in the NASTRAN® file format are often used as bases for geometries. However, performing simulations on these realistic objects can be challenging, particularly when preparing the geometry. The COMSOL Multiphysics® software contains features for dealing with these files. Learn how to utilize this functionality as well as how to achieve good results when importing STL and NASTRAN® files.

How to Reuse a Deformed Shape as a Geometry Input

September 1, 2016

Suppose you take a piece of metal — a thin sheet, for example — and apply some mechanical loads. The metal will deform and take on a new shape that differs from the original undeformed configuration. Say you now want to use this deformed object as part of a new geometry construction. You can then solve another physics problem on the new composite domain. Today, we’ll demonstrate how to use a deformed object as an input to a geometry sequence.

Streamline Your Simulation Workflow with Named Selections

August 3, 2016

When you are creating a model, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of all the parts in the geometry, including the conditions or constraints that apply to each section. This is especially true when dealing with large, complex geometries and multiple physics interfaces. In COMSOL Multiphysics, tools like named selections help maintain your model setup and streamline your workflow. Here’s a look at three tutorial videos demonstrating how to create and utilize Explicit, coordinate-based, Boolean, and adjacent selections.

How to Build a Parameterized Archimedean Spiral Geometry

July 27, 2016

Archimedean spirals are often used in the analysis of inductor coils, spiral heat exchangers, and microfluidic devices. Today, we will demonstrate how to build an Archimedean spiral using analytic equations and their derivatives to define a set of spiral curves. Based on these curves, we will then create a 2D geometry with specific thickness, extruding it to a full 3D geometry.

Using the Application Builder to Create a Koch Snowflake

January 5, 2016

It has been a remarkably warm winter in Boston, but we finally got our first snowfall. As I was staring out the window earlier, I started thinking about snowflakes and how their formation cannot be easily described mathematically. However, there is one special kind of snowflake that can be simply described, known as the Koch snowflake. Today, we will look at how this shape can be built with the Application Builder in COMSOL Multiphysics.

Fillet Away Your Electromagnetic Field Singularities

December 18, 2014

No matter how much you refine the mesh at that corner in your geometry, the electromagnetic field that you are computing never seems to settle on a converged value. Is this a problem? If so, what can you do about it? Read on to find out.

Using Virtual Operations to Simplify Your Geometry

November 28, 2014

Whenever you are modeling the geometry that you will use for your COMSOL Multiphysics analysis, either with the native CAD creations tools in the COMSOL software or using another CAD system, you may end up with a geometry that has more features than you really need. Here, we will look at a set of features called Virtual Operations that will let you quickly and easily simplify any CAD data in preparation for modeling and meshing.

Create Geometry from an Imported Mesh

November 24, 2014

Importing meshes into COMSOL Multiphysics is often necessary when interfacing between different programs. With COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.0, these meshes can be converted into solid geometry objects for further investigation and modeling capabilities. You can also perform boolean operations on the new geometry for CFD, electromagetics, and acoustics applications.