Valerio Marra | July 30, 2012

All this talk about piezoelectricity got me thinking about how surrounded we are by everyday items whose performances rely on this physical process. Examples include inkjet printers, speakers, electric guitars, and ultrasound imaging systems. With so many different common objects utilizing this phenomenon, it may lead you to wonder: what is piezoelectricity?

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Fanny Littmarck | July 27, 2012

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it is more widely known as, is on everybody’s mind right now. Manufacturing folks, engineers, and even the general public have taken an interest in 3D printing. In other words, this is not just a fascinating phenomenon to those in the industry — additive manufacturing has been generally accepted as the next “cool” thing in manufacturing.

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Phil Kinnane | July 26, 2012

Much has been written lately about increasing the energy efficiency of cars. Batteries and fuel cells are very hot topics, and not so long ago I blogged about the University of Michigan’s use of solar cells to fully power a car. Yet, even on the smallest of scales, such as the sensors in your car, improvements are being made. Utilizing a MEMS (Micro Electromechanical System) piezoelectric energy harvester, Alexander Frej and Ingo Kuehne at Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich are […]

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Valerio Marra | July 25, 2012

As Program Chair of the COMSOL Conference in Milan this year, I’m excited to announce that Marco Cati will be a keynote speaker presenting his design and optimization of ultrasound imaging systems at his company, Esaote S.p.A..

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Phil Kinnane | July 24, 2012

Looking for a tutorial on how to model a MEMS problem? We have recently added a video tutorial using the example of how to simulate a capacitive pressure sensor to our video gallery. For a brief overview of what you can model in the MEMS Module watch the trailer below, or go straight to the bottom of this post for a link to download the model files, which show how to produce this type of electromechanics model.

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Phil Kinnane | July 23, 2012

How do you simplify a 3D geometry to reduce the computational resources required to model it? Do it in 2D. What if the phenomenon can only be properly simulated in 3D? Find the planes of symmetry and reduce the size, most engineering objects are symmetric in some way. What if there is no symmetry, such as the propagation of random cracks through a steel pipe? Well, as this story from COMSOL News shows, there are other methods, such as using […]

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Fanny Littmarck | July 20, 2012

The most common type of aortic aneurysms is that which occurs in the abdominal region. When a person experiences an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), his or her abdominal aorta is dilated to the extent that its diameter is increased by over 50%. With symptoms lacking a sense of urgency (we’ve all ignored stomach pains before), if left untreated an AAA may rupture — whereon the victim’s life is on the line. An Intra-Luminal Thrombus is typically involved in AAAs, but […]

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Valerio Marra | July 19, 2012

Remember those retro desk ornaments of the 1960’s, those lamps filled with colorful wax that began to move when the lamp was lit? I’m talking about lava lamps, or as I like to call them, “Rayleigh–Taylor instability machines”. They may not be popular among today’s youth, but I still own one and I thought it would be interesting to look beyond the dyed blobs of wax and observe the physics involved in lava lamps.

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Phil Kinnane | July 18, 2012

Amphos 21 have long been experts within environmental consulting. In particular, they have been consulting for almost twenty years within nuclear and industrial waste management, the management of water resources and contaminated land, and energy optimization. It was therefore a pleasure to see that they had started using COMSOL Multiphysics for a number of their projects, and are now officially offering consultancy services for modeling multiphysics processes within these and similar industries.

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Phil Kinnane | July 17, 2012

Düsensauginfiltration (DSI) is a novel technique for lowering water levels at mining and construction sites while not actually having to transport the water away from these sites. This came to my attention at the latest COMSOL Conference in Stuttgart. There, Ph.D. student Yulan Jin and Assistant Professor Dr. Ekkehard Holzbecher from the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany was presenting their research into this groundwater lowering technique.

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Phil Kinnane | July 16, 2012

David Kan has previously blogged very well about the Pipe Flow Module, where he described the fundamentals behind this new product of ours. Now, you can see this module in action at a webinar run on July 19th. Check out the details and registration for the upcoming Pipe Flow Simulation Using COMSOL webinar.

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