COMSOL recently announced the availability of Multiphysics 5.0 and Application Builder, with which “the power and accuracy of COMSOL Multiphysics is now accessible to everyone through the use of applications.”
According to COMSOL, Version 5.0 includes severral numerous enhancements to the existing Multiphysics software. The COMSOL Multiphysics product suite includes “25 application-specific modules for simulating any physics in the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical disciplines.”
- Multiphysics – Predefined multiphysics couplings, including Joule Heating with Thermal Expansion; Induction, Microwave, and Laser Heating; Thermal Stress; Thermoelectric and Piezoelectric Effect; and more.
- Geometry and Mesh – You can create geometry from an imported mesh and call geometry subsequences using a linked subsequence.
- Optimization and Multipurpose – The Particle Tracing Module includes accumulation of particles, erosion, and etch features. Multianalysis optimization was added as well.
- Studies and Solvers – Improvements were made for the simulation of CAD assemblies, support for extra dimensions, and the ability to sweep over sets of materials and user-defined functions. Improved probe-while-solving and more.
- Materials and Functions – Materials can now be copied, pasted, duplicated, dragged, and dropped. Link to Global Materials using a Material Link when the same material is used in multiple components.
- Mechanical – Model geometrically nonlinear beams, nonlinear elastic materials, and elasticity in joints using the products for modeling structural mechanics.
- Fluid – Create automatic pipe connections to 3-D flow domains in the Pipe Flow Module. The CFD Module is expanded with two new algebraic turbulence models, as well as turbulent fans and grilles.
- Electrical – The AC/DC Module, RF Module, and Wave Optics Module now contain a frequency- and material-controlled auto mesh suggestion that offers the easy, one-click meshing of infinite elements and periodic conditions. The Plasma Module now contains interfaces for modeling equilibrium discharges.
- Chemical – The Chemical Reaction Engineering Module now contains a new Chemistry interface that can be used as a Material node for chemical reactions.