Optimizing the Geometry of Optical Antennas with Genetic Algorithms

Caty Fairclough September 12, 2017

When thinking about natural selection, antennas are probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But with genetic algorithms, we can use the basic principles of natural selection to solve antenna optimization problems. For example, genetic algorithms enabled one research group to optimize the geometry of an optical antenna. They implemented their study by using LiveLink™ for MATLAB®, an add-on product to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software.

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Caty Fairclough September 8, 2017

Generating complex emulsion droplets that can be used to fabricate highly compartmentalized microconstructs is difficult to achieve with classic droplet-forming fluidic junctions. These junctions have simple geometries, which can result in a narrow range of flow rate control. To address this issue, one research group designed an oscillatory microfluidic junction with a more complicated geometry. This junction, called the bat-wing junction, can consistently produce uniform and complex double-emulsion droplets, with bespoke components and encapsulated reagents.

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Lauren Sansone September 7, 2017

Every year, thousands of engineers and scientists convene at the COMSOL Conference. The event is an opportunity to hear product news, learn modeling practices, and discuss design challenges. You can also give us product feedback to help shape the future of the COMSOL® software. This blog post is your complete guide to what you can expect as an attendee of the COMSOL Conference 2017.

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Phillip Oberdorfer September 6, 2017

When simulating heat transfer in fluids with forced convection, we can often neglect the influence of temperature variations on the flow field unless the requirements on accuracy are very high. Computing the flow field independently might substantially decrease the computational cost with a negligible impact on accuracy in the solution. In this blog post, we demonstrate the advantages of using a one-way coupling in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software with a nonisothermal flow example.

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Edmund Dickinson September 5, 2017

Precision machining and quality of surface finish are major concerns for manufacturers of metal parts. The promise of a contactless method to machine surfaces with submillimeter precision and a clean surface, on metals of almost any hardness, might seem too good to be true. However, such a method, pulsed electrochemical machining (PECM), was the focus of a detailed investigation using numerical modeling presented at the COMSOL Conference 2016 Munich.

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Guest Thomas Clavet August 31, 2017

Today, guest blogger Thomas Clavet of EMC3 Consulting, a COMSOL Certified Consultant, discusses simulating phased array and geometrically focused probes. Ultrasound focusing is widely used in various industrial applications, such as nondestructive testing (NDT) and medical imaging. For clinical applications, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a specific aspect of this technology where most of the power provided by the probe is carried to a targeted zone to coagulate biological tissues. This blog post discusses ultrasound focusing simulation.

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Brianne Costa August 30, 2017

“I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” — Richard Feynman, in The Character of Physical Law (1965). Although the Nobel-prize-winning physicist might have been speaking in jest, quantum mechanics is a difficult concept to teach — and simulate. Modeling a double-barrier structure in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software can help teach quantum mechanics concepts to physics students as well as enhance the research and development of semiconductor devices.

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Bridget Paulus August 29, 2017

Nonconducting film (NCF) is an emerging underfill adhesive technology used to assemble electronic components in the microelectronics industry. Optimizing the NCF material and process can be difficult, as they must achieve a fast bonding time, high degree of cure, and correct underfill fillet shape. Achieving a successful bond depends on the interaction between the material’s chemorheology and the bonding process parameters. To understand these interactions, Veryst Engineering simulated the flow and cure on an NCF during the thermocompression bonding process.

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Bridget Cunningham August 28, 2017

Pipelines are used to transport petroleum products and natural gas across long distances in cold environments. Because of this, petroleum mixtures may need to be preheated after being transported in pipelines before a refining process can begin. However, as the oil is pumped through the pipeline, heat is generated from the fluid itself as it flows. To keep costs down and the heat inside the pipe, the pipeline insulation can be optimized using models and simulation.

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Brianne Costa August 25, 2017

A leading cause of smog and particulate pollution is the harmful emissions from automobiles, especially those that run on diesel engines. Today, most vehicles with diesel engines are required to install a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to catch carbon-based particulates that are emitted from their exhaust. Using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, we can analyze the acoustics of a DPF.

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Caty Fairclough August 23, 2017

During his lifetime, Osborne Reynolds contributed to many fields, such as mathematics and thermodynamics. However, his most famous achievements were in the realm of fluid mechanics. To celebrate the anniversary of his birthday, let’s take a brief trip through the life and work of Reynolds, including one of his key accomplishments: the Reynolds number.

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