Jun 8, 2017 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day Pittsburgh for a day of multiphysics modeling training, 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
Larry Mickelson, Alcoa, Inc.

Using COMSOL Multiphysics® to Analyze Disparate Multiphysics Processes

Alcoa has a great need for multiphysics modeling tools to simulate disparate aluminum processes such as refining, smelting, casting, and rolling. These processes require modeling transfer of heat, mass, and momentum as well as electricity, chemical reactions, and solid mechanics with a different multiphysics connection for each process. For historical reasons, Alcoa has several different software packages to analyze these problems, some of which are fully developed and maintained in-house. Every software package has its strengths. COMSOL Multiphysics® flourishes when used to solve disparate multiphysics problems such as these. A few examples will be given along with pointers on how to set up such problems.

Coffee Break

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
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.

CFD and Heat Transfer Minicourse

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

Coffee Break
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.

Structural Mechanics and Acoustics Minicourse

Get a brief overview of using the Structural Mechanics Module and Acoustics Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

Coffee Break
Solvers Minicourse

Learn the fundamental numerical techniques and underlying algorithms related to linear and nonlinear multiphysics simulations. We will cover the difference between iterative and direct solvers as well as the different study types including stationary, transient, and eigenfrequency analysis.

High-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

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

COMSOL Day Details


510 Market Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

COMSOL Speakers

Vandana Pandian
Vandana Pandian joined COMSOL as a technical sales engineer in 2014 and is the account manager for the Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Alabama regions. 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.
Angela Straccia
Angela Straccia is an applications engineer specializing in thermal and fluids engineering. She studied mechanical engineering at Brown University, where she received her BS degree.
Temesgen Kindo
Temesgen Kindo works at COMSOL as an applications engineer, specializing in structural mechanics and equation-based modeling. Before joining the Burlington, MA office, Temesgen received his PhD in civil engineering from Duke University. He is interested in nonlinear mechanics, multiphysics problems, and applied mathematics.

Invited Speakers

Larry Mickelson
Alcoa, Inc. Larry Mickelson lost his fear of solving partial differential equations as an undergrad, debugging a molecular dynamics program written by a PhD candidate at MIT. He continued his studies doing experimental research in lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, for which he received a PhD from Arizona State University in materials science and engineering. His love for electrochemistry landed him a job at Alcoa, Inc. as an electrochemist. Larry’s recent projects at Alcoa have required multiphysics modeling and his tool of choice is the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

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