Custom specialist Apps now free to create in Comsol Multiphysics 5.4 release

Published 11 October 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, cfd, materials, fea, comsol

Comsol has launched the last version of its Multiphysics system which provides a host of improvements and enhancements to existing tools along with two brand new products into the portfolio.

The first of the two new products, the Comsol Compiler, allows users to create standalone Comsol apps, allowing expert users to encapsulate knowledge into easy to use applications that can be used by a much wider range of an organisation’s staff.

Previously, these applications required Comsol licences, but the new compiler allows the creation of executables that include the Comsol runtime, so applications can be distributed without the need for an additional licence.

“Specialists can create simulation applications with the Application Builder that we released a few years ago,” said Comsol president and CEO Svante Littmarck. “This has provided a new way for teams of engineers and scientists to bring the use of simulation to non-specialists.

“With Comsol Compiler we are taking things to the next level by letting specialists compile an application into a single executable file for unlimited use and distribution ,” remarking that this is a level of freedom that ‘the industry has not seen before’.

The second new product in this release is the Composite Materials Module, which adds modelling tools for users working with layered materials.

By combining the Composite Materials Module with new functionality for layered shells available in the Heat Transfer Module and the AC/DC Module, users can perform multiphysics analysis such as Joule heating with thermal expansion.

The AC/DC Module features a new brand part library with fully parametric and ready-to-use coils and magnetic cores, while the CFD Module comes with Large Eddy Simulations (LES) and significantly updated modelling tools for multiphase flow.

Productivity improvements are also to be found across the release, with the ability to use multiple parameter sets in a model, including parametric sweeping over multiple parameter sets.

Users can also now organise the Model Builder nodes into groups and assign custom colouring schemes to geometry models.

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