May 16, 2018 San Jose, California8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day San Jose for a day of minicourses, talks by invited speakers, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other simulation specialists in the COMSOL community.

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This introductory demonstration will show you the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling environment. We will cover all of the key modeling steps, including geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing.

Coffee Break
Invited Speakers

*Simulating the Coupling of High-Frequency Transients to Power Grid Transmission Lines

The coupling of an electromagnetic wave to a power grid transmission line is simulated using the RF Module and the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The problem is relevant to understanding disruptions to the power grid from intense electromagnetic disturbances, such as solar events and electromagnetic pulses (EMPs). Several models are simulated for various transmission line configurations above various local earth conditions with different permittivity and conductivity parameters. Ultimately, the coupling of these fields to transmission lines may induce voltages and currents in large substation distribution transformers. A comparison of COMSOL Multiphysics® results with simplified transmission line models is made and enhancements to these simplified models are made based on full-wave electromagnetic simulations using COMSOL Multiphysics®.

*This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

Multiphysics Modeling for Equipment Performance Analysis and Control Design

SC Solutions provides modeling, analysis, and control system design solutions for semiconductor and advanced material manufacturing, energy, and aerospace industries. SC is a Certified Consultant for the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and has used COMSOL Multiphysics® for the past fifteen years in its modeling activities. SC Solutions’ controller and system optimization products have been proven in the field for over a decade. We refer to this technology as model-based control (MBC) design. We use physics-based models for engineering analysis, design optimization, and the development of high-performance controllers; e.g., for real-time feedback control design of wafer processing in semiconductor and LED chip manufacturing equipment used in fabs globally. The high-order FEM model developed in COMSOL® is used in the development of next-generation systems right from the design stage, which allows the assessment of candidate designs and system optimization before “cutting metal”. Additionally, we have used simulation models for virtual sensing, fault diagnostics from field data, and equipment health monitoring.

In this talk, we describe a set of applications where SC has used COMSOL Multiphysics® for multiphysics modeling. These models span the transport of heat, fluids and chemical species, structural mechanics, acoustics, and electrochemistry. In each case, the models were either validated with experimental data or a simpler version of the model was verified with analytical results.

Use of the COMSOL Server License to Simulate Next-Generation Synchrotron Light Sources

Next-generation synchrotron light sources are creating orders-of-magnitude brighter X-rays by reducing horizontal dispersion. This requires the bending magnet pole tips to be closer to the electron beam axis, which in turn requires smaller vacuum chambers. The resultant design challenges are dictated by complex and coupled physical phenomena, including high thermal stresses, photon-stimulated desorption, and electromagnetic wakefields. The Application Builder in COMSOL Multiphysics® enables the creation of browser-based GUIs, which enable scientists and engineers to study this complicated problem domain without becoming an expert user of the COMSOL® software. With a relatively inexpensive COMSOL Server License, these GUIs can be executed on a cloud-based server, with many processors and all of the required RAM for complex simulations. This approach extends the power of COMSOL Multiphysics® to collaborators, customers, students, etc. We present two such GUIs: 1) The emission of synchrotron radiation and resultant thermal stress on vacuum chamber walls that are downstream of dipole bending sections, and 2) accurate thermal analysis and optimized mechanical bending correction for high-heat-load beamline mirrors. The various challenges of creating the underlying FEA models and the methods used to overcome them will be discussed. Both examples are relevant to the Advanced Photon Source upgrade (APS-U) under construction at Argonne National Laboratory.


Learn how to convert a model into a custom app using the Application Builder, which is included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. You can upload your apps to a COMSOL Server™ installation to access and run the apps from anywhere within your organization.

Break for Lunch
CFD and Heat Transfer Minicourse

Get a quick overview of using the CFD Module and Heat Transfer Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

Low-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

Explore the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® for electromagnetics in the static and low-frequency regime with a focus on the AC/DC Module.

Coffee Break
Batteries and Fuel Cells

Get a quick overview of using the Batteries & Fuel Cells Module within the COMSOL® software environment for capacity fade modeling of lithium-ion batteries and water management of polymer electrolyte fuel cells.

High-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

Learn about modeling high-frequency electromagnetic waves using the RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module.

Coffee Break
Optimization Minicourse

Learn to use gradient-based optimization techniques and constraint equations to define and solve problems in shape, parameter, and topology optimization, as well as inverse modeling. The techniques shown are applicable for almost all types of models.

Structural Mechanics

Get a brief overview of using the Structural Mechanics Module and its add-on modules within the COMSOL® software environment.

COMSOL Day Details


Hyatt House San Jose/Silicon Valley
Sterling Ballroom 75 Headquarters Drive
San Jose, California 95134

Complimentary self parking.

COMSOL Speakers

Mranal Jain
Mranal Jain has been with COMSOL since 2013 and currently manages the applications team in the Los Altos, CA office. He studied microfluidics and electrokinetic transport, while pursuing his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.
Jiahe (Jan) Wang
Jan Wang has been with COMSOL since 2005 and currently works as the sales director in the Los Altos office. She was previously a professor at Hohai University, China. Jan holds PhDs from Stanford University and Hohai University, specializing in the numerical simulation of fluid mechanics and inverse problem modeling.
Gowtham Krishna
Gowtham Krishna is a technical account manager at COMSOL with previous research in multiphase flow and sediment transport.
Sudharsan Kondaskumar
Sudharsan Kondaskumar currently works as a technical account manager at COMSOL's office in Los Altos, CA. He received his MEng in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he specialized in computational manufacturing.
Michael Chai
Michael Chai joined COMSOL in 2014 as a technical sales engineer. He received his MEng in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Michael works for COMSOL's office in Los Altos, CA.
Nitin Muthegowda
Nitin Muthegowda works as an academic sales engineer at COMSOL's office in Los Altos, CA. Prior to joining COMSOL, Nitin received his MS degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University, specializing in structural and corrosion engineering. He also worked as a research engineer at AUMA for two years before graduate school.
Johan Sundqvist
Johan Sundqvist is COMSOL's vice president of sales for the northwestern region of the United States. He joined COMSOL in 2000 and received his MSc in chemical engineering from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.
Patrick Grahn
Patrick Grahn is part of the COMSOL team in Helsinki, specializing in electromagnetics, acoustics, and optics. He received his DSc (Tech) in engineering physics at Aalto University in Finland.

Invited Speakers

Brian R. Poole
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Dr. Brian R. Poole is an applied physicist and electrical engineer for the National Security Engineering Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He earned his BS in electrical engineering and MS and PhD in applied physics from what is now called the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and Applied Science. He has been with LLNL since 1983. He was also a visiting professor in the Physics Department of the Naval Postgraduate School from August 2011 through July 2014. Dr. Poole’s professional interests include high-power microwave sources, time- and frequency-domain electromagnetics, transient electromagnetics, charged particle beams, plasma physics, and computational physics. He is the author or coauthor of over 60 journal and conference articles and has two U.S. patents. He was a recipient of the LLNL Global Security Award in 2013 and two LLNL external publications awards. He is a member of the American Physical Society Division of Beams and senior member of IEEE.
Jon Ebert
SC Solutions
Dr. Jon Ebert joined SC Solutions in 1996 and is a cofounder of the Systems & Control Division. He received BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Ebert has published extensively on mathematical modeling and experiments in the areas of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and species transport. He has developed a wide range of models of semiconductor and advanced materials manufacturing processes, such as rapid thermal processing, chemical-mechanical planarization, physical vapor deposition, and chemical vapor deposition. These models are used in developing model-based process controllers that form the bulk of SC’s product portfolio as well as for the design of next-generation process equipment, analysis of the limits of equipment performance, and virtual sensing. Dr. Ebert has developed several software tools used in-house at SC for thermal modeling, including a powerful ray tracing package for solving a radiation heat transfer problem. He is the recipient of three U.S. patents on sensing and semiconductor wafer processing technology. Previously, he was a research scientist at Integrated Systems, Inc.
Nicholas Goldring
RadiaSoft LLC
Nicholas Goldring is an assistant research scientist at RadiaSoft LLC. His active research interests are in X-ray science and accelerator physics. Previously, Nicholas was a graduate student member of the multidisciplinary team at Argonne National Laboratory tasked with upgrading the Advanced Photon Source synchrotron facility. There, he worked on the design and optimization of high-heat-load beamline optics. Nicholas has four years of experience in modeling various physical phenomena via finite element analysis (FEA) in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. His familiarity with particle accelerator codes and FEA expertise allow him to continue research and development in the field of modern accelerator design. His current work includes simulating complex vacuum chamber systems and developing user-friendly graphical user interfaces for the benefit of next-generation particle accelerators. Nicholas earned his MS in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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