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Happy Birthday, Ralph Fowler

January 17, 2022

During his career, Ralph Fowler supervised 64 doctoral students at Cambridge University, 3 of whom would become Nobel laureates.

Happy Birthday, Joseph Petzval

January 6, 2022

In 1840, this Hungarian physicist introduced a lens design that could gather more than 20 times as much light as lenses used in earlier cameras.

Visualizing the Emergence of Turing Patterns with Simulation

December 28, 2021

Turing patterns are often found in nature. The conditions behind the emergence of these patterns can be studied with chemical modeling.

Characterizing Piezoelectric Sensors for Nondestructive Testing

December 16, 2021

Piezoelectric sensors must be carefully designed and calibrated. Simulation can help make this process more efficient…

Predicting the Effects of Induction Heating with Simulation

November 19, 2021

What is induction heating? What are the benefits of it? Can it be simulated with COMSOL Multiphysics? Keep reading to find out…

Forming New Ideas with Generative Design in COMSOL®

November 2, 2021

Pencils were invented in the 16th century and erasers in the 18th century. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that erasers were attached to pencils in the typical design we know today.

Optimizing Solar Cell Designs with a Simulation App

October 28, 2021

The SolCelSim app, designed by an MSc student at the University of Zilina, enables researchers to simulate solar cell designs, even if they are unfamiliar with simulation software.

Happy Birthday, Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de Saint-Venant

August 23, 2021

The shallow water equations, a derivation of the Navier–Stokes equations, and Saint-Venant’s principle can all be credited to French physicist Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de Saint-Venant.

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