By Anthony J. Lockwood
Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:
You know those “F-R-E-E! Gifts!” you get if you hurry now and order some gadget you see on a late night TV infomercial? Usually you get what you paid for. Today’s Check It Out costs you nothing but you get a ton in return.
Now, last October, I went to Boston for the seventh annual COMSOL Multiphysics Conference. I’ve been to five or six of these conferences, and I’ve watched it evolve into a premier event. If you have anything at all to do with analysis — single discipline but especially multiple physics analyses — you need to be there next fall or be square.
Anyway, the COMSOL Conference is actually a worldwide event. Stuttgart and Bangalore, for example, hosted major COMSOL conferences last year. Key to what we’re checking out today are the learning tracks. Here, say, 100 users from industry, government, academia, and research explain how, why, and what they are doing with multiphysics imulation. Nary a sixth grade science project in sight.
The COMSOL Conference gives you well-vetted, technically rich, and fascinating presentations on how multiphysics-enabled analyses helped or are helping to develop the new products and the new technologies that change our lives. These users speak of things like acoustics, electromagnetics, fluid flow, microfluidics, photonics, plasma physics, RF, and thermal stress simulations as hands-on multiphysics experts. The scientific and engineering physics of what they discuss are their passion, and their passion is as infectious as their presentations are informative.
Every year after its global conference series, COMSOL compiles all the papers, posters, and presentations on a CD and makes the CD available for the sign-up. This year’s compilation has more than 700 contributions on engineering simulation, research, and new product development worldwide. Subject areas, beyond those mentioned earlier, include batteries, fuel cells, and electrolytic processes; biotechnology; chemical engineering and reactor design; geophysics and geomechanics; heat transfer and phase change; MEMS and nanotechnology; optics and semiconductors; microwave engineering; simulation methods and teaching; structural mechanics; and subsurface flow.
Way more than 100,000 COMSOL Conference CDs from past years are in circulation, which could make it the leading annual multiphysics resource going. To check out your own complimentary copy of this year’s CD, hit this link to sign-up. Operators are standing by. Don’t let the cost fool you. Avoid future regret and disappointment. This complimentary CD is a fine complement for any engineering simulation user.
Thanks, Pal. — Lockwood
Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering