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Why Is My Coffee Maker Smiling at Me? Pareidolia Examined

June 4, 2020

A coffee maker smiles at you. A mop looks grumpy. The side of a building looks surprised. The phenomenon of seeing faces in inanimate objects, pareidolia, is more common than you might think…

Exploiting Hardware Parallelism with COMSOL® Batch Sweeps

June 2, 2020

What is a batch sweep? How do I set up a batch sweep for my model? How much batch parallelism can COMSOL Multiphysics® exploit? We answer these questions and more…

Introduction to the Elastic Waves, Time Explicit Interface

May 28, 2020

From nondestructive testing to seismic wave propagation in soil and rock, there are many application areas that involve the propagation of elastic waves in solids and vibrations in structures.

Gaining Understanding of Complex Phenomena with Virtual Laboratories

May 27, 2020

Virtual laboratories make complex scientific phenomena accessible for students. See examples from the University of Hartford, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Dayton.

How to Use State Variables in COMSOL Multiphysics®

May 20, 2020

As of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.5, you can use state variables to track the state of your model; affect other fields, such as material properties; and even implement hysteresis.

Modeling Heat Transfer in Thin Layers via Layered Material Technology

May 15, 2020

We answer some questions you may have about the Layered Material functionality in the COMSOL® software: What does it do? How do you update existing models? How do simulations benefit from it?

Evanescent Component of the Nonparaxial Gaussian Beam

May 12, 2020

The evanescent component of the nonparaxial Gaussian beam background field is available as a feature in the Wave Optics and RF modules as of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.5.

Happy Birthday, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

May 10, 2020

In 1925, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin made a revolutionary discovery about hydrogen that unfortunately wasn’t believed at the time. This didn’t stop her from breaking new ground in astronomy.


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