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Improving Your Golf Swing with a Multibody Analysis

June 6, 2014

How well you can strike a golf ball is not only determined by your muscle strength, but more importantly — it is influenced by several other factors involved in the mechanics of your golf swing. Let’s see how a multibody analysis of a golf swing can be used to improve the outcome of your stroke.

How to Model Residual Stresses Using COMSOL Multiphysics

June 5, 2014

Today, we will introduce the concept of residual stresses in structural mechanics and find out how to compute them by taking the example of a deep metal drawing process. First, we will explain how they can be computed and interpreted in a bending beam example with or without work hardening. Then, we will introduce a sheet metal forming model.

How to Manually Work with Entity Numbers in Selections

June 4, 2014

In Part 1 of this blog series, I introduced how you can export a model M-file from COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software to learn about the structure of the COMSOL Application Programming Interface (API). One important part of a model M-file is the selections that are made in order to set up properties for the domain, boundaries, etc. These selections are identified using numbers. Here, we explain how you can automate the handling of the entity numbers using LiveLink™ for MATLAB®.

Cable Simulations Spark New Developments at Prysmian Group

June 3, 2014

Energy and telecom cables often journey through harsh environments to reach their destinations. Some cables are responsible for carrying high currents and must navigate in conditions that include high thermal loads, mechanical loads, and limited ventilation. We recently published a story in the IEEE Spectrum Insert, Multiphysics Simulation, explaining how the Prysmian Group, a leader in developing cable systems across many industries, has begun using COMSOL Multiphysics to improve their development process, save resources, and optimize their cable designs.

COMSOL Comes to China, Successful Launch Events for 4.4

June 2, 2014

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting our two new offices in China in conjunction with all-day launch events for COMSOL Multiphysics version 4.4. Both events were greatly successful; Shanghai attracted a hundred or so attendees, while Beijing received almost one hundred and fifty.

Understanding Stabilization Methods

May 30, 2014

Most numerical simulation methods (finite elements, finite volumes, and finite differences) require stabilization methods when modeling transport applications driven mainly by convection rather than diffusion. With the finite element method (FEM), stabilization means adding a small amount of artificial diffusion. This leads to more robust and faster computational performance. Here, we provide insight on the impact of stabilization on your numerical model. We also look at an alternative numerical method that is very efficient and does not require any stabilization.

Parameter Optimization with the LiveLink™ Products

May 29, 2014

The most streamlined way to find solutions for your design parameters is to use parameter optimization with the LiveLink™ products. This is helpful when you know what results you want, but you don’t know the optimal parameter values that lead to them.

Heat Transfer in Deformed Solids

May 28, 2014

In a previous blog post, we presented the applications of conjugate heat transfer involving immobile solids. The case of immobile solids simplifies the heat equation to be solved and is often a good approximation to the temperature field. Today, we will complete the description of the physics that account for thermoelastic effects of the material when heat transfer and solid mechanics are coupled.


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