Fanny Littmarck | December 28, 2012

The Pratt truss is one of several different types of truss bridge designs out there. Said to be the oldest type of modern bridge, the truss is simple and lends itself well to analysis. This type of bridge is typically constructed for the use of pedestrians, cars, trucks, trains, and pipelines.

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Fanny Littmarck | December 27, 2012

Hybrid vehicles are no longer a new concept, but that does not mean research and development (R&D) has ceased. If anything, it is ramping up as demand for hybrid design optimization continues to grow. Ercan Dede from Toyota Research Institute of North America held a keynote talk at the COMSOL Conference Boston 2012 on how they are using multiphysics modeling for advanced vehicle systems R&D. If you weren’t there, you can now watch his keynote in a video format instead.

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Fanny Littmarck | December 25, 2012

This holiday season most of us will have burned our fair share of candles. The flickering light of candles can really enhance the ambiance and put you in festive spirits. This reminds me of an analysis of a burning candle developed by AltaSim Technologies back in 2010. So, in tune with the holiday cheer, here are some candle physics.

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Fanny Littmarck | December 24, 2012

We at COMSOL would like to wish all of our blog readers a very happy holiday!

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Valerio Marra | December 21, 2012

The winter here in Boston has been very mild so far. A few days I would even have liked to have the air conditioning back on. I checked in with one my colleagues to check if he was having an equally hard time staying cool, and to my surprise, he was not. Why? He had constructed a make-shift air conditioner (A/C).

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Bernt Nilsson | December 20, 2012

The 2013-2014 Dahlquist Research Fellowship is now open for applications. The winner of this award is granted full-time research for two years at the Department of Numerical Analysis at The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Fanny Littmarck | December 19, 2012

Each year we are excited to gather thousands of customers at the worldwide COMSOL Conference series. The events enable the entire user community to see the great projects colleagues have been working on and catch up face-to-face. This year, we wanted to capture some of these conversations and share them with you. That is why we sent our video director, Matt Milhomme, to the COMSOL Conference 2012 in Boston to conduct some interviews. We now have a video series of […]

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Andrew Griesmer | December 18, 2012

SOund NAvigation Ranging, or Sonar, has been an important part of naval warfare and since the 1950’s. Although it is a relatively simple way to locate objects, it’s the best for doing so in water, emitting sound waves and listening for echoes made by objects in the water. In today’s world of undersea warfare, the threats and the necessary responses to them are becoming more important and urgent. Sonar systems are required to detect these threats, making it necessary for […]

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Fanny Littmarck | December 17, 2012

Tomorrow, December 18th, we are holding an online tutorial on piezoacoustic optimization. The tutorial will run for about half an hour starting at 12:30pm Pacific Standard Time (PST). If you are already familiar with the piezoacoustic transducer model in the model library, you should tune in for this further-developed version of the model.

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Fanny Littmarck | December 14, 2012

You may have seen our Specification Chart already, but did you also know we have one specifically for CAD? With our CAD Specification Chart, you can match your CAD needs with COMSOL offerings.

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Fanny Littmarck | December 12, 2012

A while back, I wrote about permanent magnet generators and how they generate electricity upon being set in motion. When browsing the papers from our conference in Bangalore, one on the topic of ultrasonic micro motors caught my eye. These motors are electromechanical in nature and instead initiate motion with the application of an electric voltage. Furthermore, these motors are miniaturized to fit a micro-scale environment.

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