Using the New Ray Tracing Algorithm in COMSOL Multiphysics® 5.2a

Christopher Boucher | June 20, 2016

With the release of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.2a, it is now possible to trace rays in unmeshed domains and even release and trace rays outside a geometry. The Ray Optics Module provides an entirely new algorithm that offers these capabilities and more, so that you can model your ray optics designs with ease and accuracy. Let’s investigate how this new algorithm affects your workflow when setting up a typical ray optics model.

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Bridget Cunningham | June 17, 2016

We have been extensively collecting user feedback and are now happy to share the resulting software enhancements with the release of COMSOL Multiphysics® software and COMSOL Server™ product version 5.2a. The latest version of the COMSOL® software includes many new and improved features and functionality to help you further optimize and advance your modeling processes.

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Caty Fairclough | June 15, 2016

Bolometers have the ability to detect and measure the power of incident electromagnetic radiation. This allows them to be used in a range of technologies, from night vision cameras to far-reaching astronomy projects. Designing bolometers often requires devoting a lot of time and energy to the development phase, as these devices must be optimized for sensitivity and customized for their specific applications. To efficiently design bolometers with increased sensitivity, AltaSim Technologies utilized the simulation capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics.

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Nirmal Paudel | June 14, 2016

In the previous part of our Electromagnetic Device series, we showed you how to model a linear electromagnetic plunger attached to a spring and damper and compute the position, velocity, and electromagnetic forces. Here, we will demonstrate an actuator that includes a blocker/stopper to restrict linear motion. We will also discuss how to model the contact and release of this actuator using the Events, Magnetic Fields, Moving Mesh, and Global ODEs and DAEs interfaces.

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Bridget Cunningham | June 13, 2016

Strong performance is a key focal point in designing any electronic device. In an effort to extend the design space for further applications and to take steps toward realizing the Internet of Things, the desire for high performance is now paired with an interest in achieving greater physical flexibility — a change from today’s rigid and brittle electronic devices. See how stretchable electronics are successfully blending strength and flexibility to offer new opportunities for technological growth.

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Abbie Weingaertner | June 9, 2016

Ever been in a tall building on a windy day or had an aircraft pass over your house? Along with the noise that you hear, which can be disruptive and unpleasant in its own right, you’ll also notice some low-frequency vibrations that can ultimately affect the structure’s stability. One solution to this problem is to incorporate dampers, particularly viscoelastic structural dampers, into the structure’s design. With simulation apps, the path to optimizing these devices is more efficient than ever before.

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Christopher Boucher | June 8, 2016

Static mixers are well-established tools in a wide variety of engineering disciplines due to their efficiency, low cost, ease of installation, and minimal maintenance requirements. When evaluating whether a mixer can be used for a certain purpose, it is important to determine whether the resulting mixture is sufficiently uniform. In this blog post, we will discuss the setup of an app designed to quantitatively and qualitatively analyze the performance of a static mixer using the Particle Tracing Module.

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Nirmal Paudel | June 7, 2016

An electromagnetic plunger is an electromechanical device that converts electrical energy into a linear mechanical motion. This motion can be used to move an external load such as closing electromagnetic valves and closing or opening electromagnetic relays. In this blog post, we introduce a procedure to model the behavior and dynamics of an electromagnetic plunger that consists of a multi-turn coil, magnetic core, nonmagnetic guider, and magnetic plunger.

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Bridget Cunningham | June 6, 2016

When designing a device or process, it is important to not only study the system itself, but to also account for the effects of the environment around it. Historical weather data can help to address such effects by offering deeper insight into the weather patterns across different locations and time frames. Take a closer look at how such data can foster better design decisions, with a particular emphasis on its benefits within heat transfer modeling.

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Caty Fairclough | June 2, 2016

When designing motorcycles, noise reduction is a primary area of concern. Loud, poorly designed motorcycles may not meet noise regulations or satisfy customers. As such, there is a need to reduce motorcycle noise by identifying and eliminating its sources. To do so, researchers at Mahindra Two Wheelers, Ltd. turned to acoustics simulation.

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Jiyoun Munn | June 1, 2016

The 5G mobile network and Internet of Things (IoT) are two hot topics in the RF and microwave industry. New developments in these wireless applications call for much higher data rates, active electronically scanned arrays (AESA), phased array antennas, and multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) technology. It is important to reduce the time and cost during the process of prototyping and manufacturing these applications. Using simulation and apps, we can streamline the development cycle of wireless communication designs.

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