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New Method for Performing Topology Optimization of FSI Problems

May 6, 2021

Many topology optimization methods are only available for FSI problems within a purely academic scope. Enter the TOBS-GT algorithm for fluid-structure design…

Analyzing Tsunami Waves with an Established Benchmark Model

April 8, 2021

The 1993 Hokkaidō earthquake in Japan caused tsunami waves that reached massive runup heights — one recorded wave in Monai Valley even reached as high as 32 m (~104 ft)!

Why Do Pigeons Have Iridescent Feathers?

March 30, 2021

If you look at a pigeon a certain way, the feathers around their necks shine in bright hues of emerald and amethyst. As it turns out, a prehistoric animal exhibited a similar trait…

Happy Birthday, Joseph Fourier

March 21, 2021

From heat conduction and the Fourier series to the greenhouse effect and Fourier transform, Joseph Fourier’s research has many implications in the modern world.

5 W’s for 200 Years of Electromagnetism

December 11, 2020

Fun fact: Hans Christian Ørsted originally studied pharmacology and philosophy before he went on to discover the connection between electricity and magnetism.

Modeling Droplet Flow in an Open Space with COMSOL Multiphysics®

November 23, 2020

If you are jogging six feet apart from someone else, should you both be wearing masks? Simulation was used to analyze the motion of particles between two runners in an open space to find answers.

Happy Birthday, Marie Van Brittan Brown

October 30, 2020

Today, home security is a billion dollar industry that relies on smart devices. However, it all started with a nurse who wanted to feel safer in her home in Queens, New York.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…Gravity-Defying Spiders!

October 27, 2020

Spider ballooning, in which spiders float for miles, was originally observed by Charles Darwin in 1832. Since then, researchers from University of Bristol used simulation to study this effect.


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