COMSOL Multiphysics (formerly FEMLAB)

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COMSOL Multiphysics (formerly FEMLAB) is a finite element analysis, solver and simulation software package for various physics and engineering applications, especially coupled phenomena, or multi-physics.

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COMSOL review by Arun D.
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"COMSOL - Combined tool for Design and Advanced Finite Element Analysis "

What do you like best?

I had been using HYPERMESH for meshing and ANSYS previously for post analysis during my previos projects and thesis works but once i got introduced to COMSOL it has been a tool that does both of them and even stress analysis. I am amused by the complex mathematical solvong techniques of the software.

What do you dislike?

Default algorithms of partial diffrential equations cannot be user defined. Occupies lot of memmory during processing results which at times slows my PC.

Recommendations to others considering the product

COMSOL Is growing in popularity among researchers. Comsol is a one stop tool which does any kind of analysis thrown at it ,may it be a stress analysis or mathematical equations. The results that COMSOL has provided and has been very precise and accurate and thus COMSOL is highly reliable and recommendable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used COMSOL for my thesis work for analysis of various temperature gradiants and stress analysis at different layers of composite material.

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COMSOL review by Ivan H.
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""COMSOL - A powerful finite element Software""

What do you like best?

COMSOL presents a good interaction between physical-mathematical section and geometrical features definition. I usually use the AC/DC module and it is really useful in order to simulate electrical circuits or heating due to electrical current. It's possible to import dwg files in geometry tab.

It is versatile and it offers a good interface with Matlab to convert your data and to calculate other variables.

The software is able to make models in 3D, 2D and 1D and the results can be observed in these modes.

What do you dislike?

It is difficult to define correctly all of boundary values in order to achieve a correct simulation. They must be controlled to have some expected results. Moreover, when the meshing is refined, the computing time rises. There are a lot of extra modules and it rises the price. It is due to the amount of memory that is required to run a simulation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

COMSOL is a good tool to simulate any process because of the wide variety of physics. Moreover, it is easy to find tutorial or description of simulation in forums about it. The results can be shown by means of multiple ways and it has a great accuracy. It is a powerful working tool to know the behaviour of a physical process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use COMSOL to simulate electrical circuits or to characterize the thermal distribution in a sample. It allows to know the behavior of each component and to measure for example temperature, current or voltage.

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COMSOL review by User
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"Thermal, electrical, transport issue modeling expert"

What do you like best?

COMSOL is very easy to use. If you just watch a video clip that is provided by the company, you can use the software immediately. Also, you can easily combine both physics at the same time. For general situations, COMSOL can let you set up any arbitrary equation, boundary conditions so that you will be able to model very simply but with very high precision.

What do you dislike?

Not that I can think of. I generally satisfied with all the features of the software. One thing is that it would be better to show or explain the solving options more easily so that user can actually know what modification of solving option can impact the final results.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This easy graphic user interface FEM simulation tool can be a very strong, and intuitive software if you are considering to do modeling studies for your research. Before making actual products, this modeling can be a fast and efficient way to prove the current layout or design which can enhance your product reliability or the performance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For any issues (e.g., reliability, performance, thermal) of modern ICs, numerical modeling is essential for product design. We can do such a modeling by using COMSOL. Moreover, you can optimize the geometric structure. The best part of this product is that you can eventually extract your designed simulation file by an app so that anybody who is not familiar with modeling can use the software as well.

COMSOL review by User
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"Great Application-Oriented PDE solver "

What do you like best?

The barrier to entry in COMSOL is almost zero, it lets you get up and running in the same day, whereas something like Mathematica or Matlab require months before you might feel comfortable enough to even start to solve these sorts of problems, and even then I look back at my old code in those programs and shake my head. By comparison, I've seen undergraduate students in our lab go from zero to pro with COMSOL in relatively short order. Also, you quite simply cannot beat the CAD modeling. You can solve for all sorts of complicated geometries that are at best extremely difficult in another program. Additionally, they have amongst the best and most accessible of support staff who are willing to help you with any intelligent question you have.

What do you dislike?

Because of the meshing, I never trust the answer that COMSOL gives me. I wish it had more features that seem like they should be easy enough to implement (like checks for how refined a mesh needs to be in a particular place). Sure, you can get started right away, but making sure you have the right answer, that can actually be more challenging than you imagine. Also, apart from the built-in functions for physics, it can be really hard to figure out how to numerically solve pure and applied math problems that don't fit neatly in their packages.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They have great support (which is what you're really paying for with their licensing). I recommend preparing a word document with figures and text if you really want the highest-quality support. Also if you're looking to get started, video tutorials are great as it's a highly visual language/product. Also, look for local free or nearly-free seminars, COMSOL puts these on and they get you up and running super fast, and will give you a free 2-3-week evaluation of the program, all modules included.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have numerous publications with COMSOL solving PDEs for a variety of real-world problems.

COMSOL review by Suresh R.
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"I Used Comsol Multiphysics to Solve Mechanical and electrical Coupled to analysis the damage."

What do you like best?

Comsol can link with Matlab, and create user-defined function.

What do you dislike?

Design Model has less option to built engineering geometry

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is only to has all physics problem within a tool

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Comsol Multiphysics has a design, meshing and Solver module within the tool and it has all the feature to solver industrial problem and user friend Tool.

Design module has more advantage to build the geometry model with efficient and mesh the model for both 2D and 3D mesh type and it has more features to capture the geometry shape is one of the advantages in the tool to get the accurate result.

In the solver have parallel computing to solve the problem with less time. In Result has more option to variables and user-friendly.

It has In-built function, it is very useful for creating user-defined inputs. In comsol we can solve Fluid mechanics and Fluid-structure interaction problem with efficiently.

COMSOL review by Sudipta Romen B.
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"Review of COMSOL"

What do you like best?

I like how powerful the software is. It can solve big and complicated geometries and provides a lot of flexibility.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the results interface. The options for manipulation of data of simulation parameters is limited.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If the interface could be made more user friendly, it would be great. Right now COMOSOl is facing some competition in the electrical engineering community for plasmonics simulation from Lumerical solutions which uses FDTD and have been known to be having more user friendly interface.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving 2D plasmonics problems using RF module. It uses FEM method which allows local mesh refinement which is great for nanostructures simulation.

COMSOL review by Alagappan N.
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"COMSOL Multiphysics -Simulation Software"

What do you like best?

It can simulate with very deeper mesh with various partial differential equation .

Heat Transfer Module - contains simulation tool to study heat transfer in all the fields conduction, convection, and radiation in addition to Physical property which include structural ,chemical reactions., mechanical, fluid dynamics, electromagnetics,

What do you dislike?

COMSOL cannot give optimized numerical technique for simulating fluid flow .

Memory Allocatinon is too high

Recommendations to others considering the product

It contains lot of modules Electrical, Mechanical, Fluid, Chemical, So it can solve highly complex mathematical problem

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using comsol in my research laboratory for analysing Additive Manufacturing Direct energy process .

COMSOL review by Michael C.
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"Great FEA Tool"

What do you like best?

COMSOL Multiphysics allows users to simulate real world scenario very easily. The LiveLink option with Solidworks makes it easy to analyze a design already created. A user can implement all the real world physics and get a good representation of what will occur in real life. All the tools are laid out to flow in terms of which conditions need to be prescribed.

What do you dislike?

I disliked the amount it took to run some of these simulations. Simulations became complex very fast. The graphic displays and plots can be laid out differently to make it more visually appealing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

COMSOL Multiphysics is a great tool if you want to quickly simulate a real world scenario. I would recommend first time users to read through and do a few tutorials on the subject.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used this software program both as a student and in industry. I have done vibrational/solid mechanics simulations.

COMSOL review by Carlos Javier L.
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"Quick simulation tool"

What do you like best?

What I like best is the opportunities that this software brings to you to simulate every condition that you can imagine. Each impossible equation can be solved with this software.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike about Comsol is the processing capability. You will need a powerful computer if you want to obtain solutions for your problem because this software evaluates any condition. Perhaps, to make the simulation less heavy the software could avoid some of the calculations which it carries out

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simulation of acoustic conditions in solid bodies

COMSOL review by Pablo G.
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"Perfect software for simulation"

What do you like best?

What I like best is the capabilities of this software to simulate every condition in a few minutes

What do you dislike?

What I dislike is the user interface, it could be more intuitive

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a need to read the thoroughly the manuals to learn anything about COMSOL because the interface is not enough easy to begin to use the software without any knowledge

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simulation of acoustic conditions in solids

COMSOL review by User in Government Administration
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"COMSOL for CFD Calculations"

What do you like best?

Relatively intuitive program for running computational fluid dynamic calculations. Used it in school and work for modeling both simple and complex systems.

What do you dislike?

Learning curve required approximately 30 hours of video tutorials to learn how to setup my models and play around with the desired design parameters.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a decent program for modeling CFD and transport phenomena, I have no other recommendation other than COMSOL.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Useful for gaining a better understanding and characterization of the effects of fluid flow on erosion-corrosion mechanics in piping, boundary layer/mass transport characterization of sulfur species in sour streams

COMSOL review by Mahmood B.
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"Console is a good platform to start CFD"

What do you like best?

Console does understand the analysis prior to finalizing it. Thus you can see the equations and other features prior to selecting it. This gives an additional understanding of where the analysis is going.

What do you dislike?

The drawing tools could be more sophisticated for ease of drawing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mainly CFD for researches.

COMSOL review by User in Higher Education
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"Best FEM Simulation Tool!"

What do you like best?

The user interface is really simple. Makes it easier for non programmers to simulate complex multiphysics scenarios.

What do you dislike?

Simulation time is ridiculously large! Need to implement parallelization algorithms to avoid such issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use cloud clusters to implement parallelization algorithms to reduce runtime!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for conducting research!

COMSOL review by User in Building Materials
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"Requires a PhD or Master's Degree to use it"

What do you like best?

You have the ability to analyze and solve an infinite number of problems in whatever science and engineering field you desire.

What do you dislike?

You need to have a PhD or Master's degree to use the software to really benefit from its power.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that you fully evaluate the software and it is what you need. What I mean is that the package is not over-kill for your analytical needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At this point , 10 mos since purchasing it, we are still learning to use it.

COMSOL review by User
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"COMSOL"

What do you like best?

Relatively intuitive to use, has wide variety of capabilities that make it useful in modeling almost any realistic scenario.

What do you dislike?

Organization of capabilities into many tabs and side windows makes it hard to find something you’re looking for

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modeling research scenarios before running them in the lab.

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