COMSOL Day for Energy Applications

Nov 5, 2019 Burlington, Massachusetts9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Join us for COMSOL Day for Energy Applications in Burlington, MA, to participate in panel discussions, experience product demonstrations, and exchange ideas with other simulation specialists. This event on November 5 will exemplify many use cases from our customers. You will also be able to meet with others working on energy-related projects and discuss how they use COMSOL Multiphysics® as well as chat with COMSOL technical and sales staff members. You will get a chance to see the electrochemistry modeling capabilities in the COMSOL® software. Feel free to invite your colleagues.

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In this session, we will talk about the various COMSOL Multiphysics® features and available multiphysics couplings for energy applications. We will also discuss published applications from our customers that showcase the capabilities.

Coffee Break

Designing a Nuclear Fusion Reactor Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

Fusion has the potential to revolutionize clean energy generation. Yet, due to limits in previous generations of superconductor and resistive magnet technologies, it has not lived up to this promise. A new generation of superconductors has sufficient performance to enable large-bore, high-field magnets that could drastically reduce the scale and timeline for fusion energy. Commonwealth Fusion Systems, in collaboration with MIT, is developing these new superconducting magnets for a demonstration of net fusion energy by the mid-2020s in the SPARC tokamak. Designing such a system involves working at the extremes of engineering: temperatures ranging from the extreme cold of the cryogenic superconducting magnets to the extreme hot of the plasma-facing components, highly nonlinear electromagnetic characteristics of the superconductors and fluid dynamics of the cryogenic fluid, and elastoplastic structures. This talk will present an overview of the systems in a fusion reactor and various examinations of how multiphysics simulations are critical to achieving a robust design.

Coffee Break
Panel Discussion: Energy Simulations with COMSOL Multiphysics®

At this session, you will hear directly from engineers in the energy industry and COMSOL staff about how COMSOL Multiphysics® can be used to help you perform energy simulations.

Panelists include:

  • Michael Vallance, GE Research
  • Trevor Munroe, Naval Nuclear Laboratory
  • Xinfang Jin, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Bjorn Sjodin, COMSOL
Break for Lunch

Get a brief overview of the Electrochemistry, Batteries & Fuel Cells, Electrodeposition, and Corrosion modules, add-on products to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, including:

  • Modeling electrochemical reaction mechanisms, mass transport, and current density distributions
  • Modeling electroanalytical techniques, like cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  • Setting up and solving an electrochemical cell model
  • Space- and time-dependent modeling of corrosion and corrosion protection
  • Analyzing capacity fade of lithium-ion batteries
  • Analyzing current distribution in electrodeposition, electroplating, and electrowinning
  • Modeling of thin electrodes using shell elements
  • Modeling of current density distribution and mass transport in gas diffusion electrodes used in fuel cells

Learn about new features in the latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics®, including how they can be incorporated into your multiphysics models.

COMSOL Day Details


Hilton Garden Inn Boston-Burlington
Hancock/Revere Room 5 Wheeler Road
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803

COMSOL Speakers

Phil Kinnane

Phil Kinnane is the VP of sales at COMSOL, Inc. He has previously worked within the Business Development, Operations, and Marketing departments. Phil has 20 years of experience with modeling and simulation for all fields of engineering. He earned his PhD in electrochemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Vandana Pandian

Vandana Pandian joined COMSOL as a technical sales engineer in 2014 and is the account manager for Massachusetts. She studied biomedical engineering at Clemson University, where she received her MS degree.

Bjorn Sjodin

Bjorn Sjodin is the VP of product management at COMSOL. He has been with COMSOL since 1995 and started out as a member of the development team in Stockholm, Sweden. He joined the COMSOL office in Burlington in 2002.

Siva Sashank Tholeti

Siva Sashank Tholeti is an applications engineer at COMSOL. He received his PhD in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University. His areas of interest include CFD, plasma-enhanced aerodynamics, plasma physics, propulsion, and multiphysics problems.

Invited Speakers

Dan Brunner
Commonwealth Fusion System
Dan Brunner is a cofounder and chief technology officer of Commonwealth Fusion Systems, where he is leading the engineering team designing the SPARC tokamak.
Michael Vallance
GE Research
Michael Vallance has worked at GE Research during 1983–1988 and 2001–present. He has developed sodium-metal rechargeable batteries, commercialized as Durathon; Cyclics addition-polymerizable polycarbonate; as well as GETEK® high-frequency printed circuit substrate. He is currently developing design tools for BHGE flexible pipe systems, used in deep-sea as well as oil and gas operations, and for ceramic-matrix composite (CMC) components, used on two new turbofan aircraft engines, GE9X and CFM LEAP, which are mounted on the new generation of long-range, wide-body and narrow-body commercial aircraft. _GETEK is a registered trademark of ISOLA USA Corp._
Xinfang Jin
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Dr. Xinfang Jin is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, since 2018. She earned her doctorate from the University of South Carolina in mechanical engineering. She has over 10 years of experience in multiphysics modeling and simulation of energy storage and conversion devices. Dr. Jin’s concerns over increasing air pollution and climate change have motivated her research on highly efficient and environmentally friendly energy devices, such as fuel cells and Li-ion batteries. Her lab has been trying to bridge the knowledge gaps among scales by coupling of multiscale models with experimental data. Her research interests include thermal fluid, transport phenomenon, energy storage and conversion, experiment and model coupling, multiphysics/multiscale modeling and simulation, reduced-order models, and first principles calculations.
Trevor Munroe
Naval Nuclear Laboratory
Trevor Munroe started working at Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) in 1981. He graduated from City College of New York with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a master's degree in mechanical engineering. Trevor began his career in system performance analysis but then moved on to new challenges in the nascent field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), where he worked with in-house and many different commercial CFD codes. He currently works in research and development groups, where he is involved in numerous projects. Trevor has experience in studying and analyzing devices such as heat pipes, thermosiphons, electromagnetic devices, compressors, Stirling engines, and thermoacoustics. Trevor’s experiences led him to appreciate the world of multiphysics. His earliest endeavor into the field of multiphysics involved the arduous task of linking a CFD code with a finite element analysis (FEA) code via a third-party code. He realized the limitations of using a separate code for each physics and soon after transitioned to COMSOL® version 3.4. Trevor has been using COMSOL Multiphysics® for the past decade and has since performed many simulations using COMSOL® software products such as the AC/DC, RF, CFD, Heat Transfer, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Structural Mechanics, Acoustics, Optimization, and Particle Tracing modules. Trevor likes to expand his technical knowledge through websites such as MIT OpenCourseWare and NPTEL.

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