COMSOL recently released COMSOL Multiphysics 5.2 with the latest version of the Application Builder and COMSOL Server products. The new software enables organizations to share simulation work, from design and development to production and testing. This version of COMSOL Multiphysics and COMSOL Server simulation software environment provides new features, improved stability, and faster execution. Notable upgrades to the Application Builder available in COMSOL Multiphysics include the new Editor Tools for easy creation of user interface components, commands for dynamic updates of graphics, and more control over the deployment of simulation apps. Numerous updates, new features, and simulation application examples are also available for the add-on electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical products.
The new software makes it possible to update graphics while running an app. The app designer can present app users with different plots while solving; this takes them through the progression of the solution process and presents them, for example, with geometry, mesh, and solution plots. The app designer can also customize the graphics toolbar with new buttons and include camera movements.
To demonstrate the power of the Application Builder, a wide variety of new apps have been added to the extensive Application Libraries showcasing the capabilities of the Application Builder. The Application Libraries include apps ranging from membrane dialysis, water treatment, thermoelectric cooling, heat exchangers, touchscreen design, magnetic prospecting, piezoacoustic transducers, muffler design, MEMS sensors, and pressure vessels.
Version 5.2 also introduces enhancements to the existing functionalities of COMSOL Multiphysics and its add-on products. Users will benefit from more flexible license management, Users of the Structural Mechanics Module and the AC/DC Module will benefit from the new External Materials functionality allowing materials to be algorithmically defined by shared library files written in the C language. The most prominent use of this new functionality will be for nonlinear materials that include hysteresis (history dependency) and irreversibility effects.