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 <span>Arun D.</span>
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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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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.

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COMSOL review by <span>Suresh R.</span>
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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 <span>Sudipta Romen B.</span>
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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 <span>Alagappan N.</span>
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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 <span>Michael C.</span>
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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.

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