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Simulation Applications Bring the Future of Modeling into the Present

Simulation applications and the tools used to distribute them are ushering in a new era of product development to organizations around the world.

Simulation applications and the tools used to distribute them are ushering in a new era of product development to organizations around the world. By democratizing simulation, companies can develop better products faster, using the specialized expertise of each team member involved.

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Mathematical modeling and numerical simulation are widely accepted methods for product development, which makes sense: They have been around for more than half a century. As long as these tools have been available, their use has been restricted to simulation engineers. This creates a bottleneck in the development process, as design engineers wait for analyses and results. COMSOL provides the tools to sidestep this bottleneck by creating easy-to-use simulation applications and distributing them companywide.

Simulation engineers create specialized applications based on the computational models they develop in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The applications enable anyone to test parameters and run repeated analyses without the simulation engineer, who can then focus on solving complex problems, developing innovative products, and building more applications.

For instance, Samsung Research America — a leading worldwide audio company — designs high-quality loudspeakers using simulation and applications. Get an inside look at their workflow in this blog post: Another example is Cornell Dubilier, a leader in manufacturing high-quality capacitors, which creates several applications for electrical optimization. “[We] create applications for other departments to let them test different configurations for their particular requirements and pick the best design.” says Research Director Sam Parler.

Collaborators are provided access to applications through two methods: compiling them into standalone executable files using COMSOL Compiler™ or distributing them via the application management tool COMSOL Server™. COMSOL Compiler™ is used to create compiled applications that can be run without a COMSOL® software license. COMSOL Server™ helps those who want to upload and manage applications for an organization and enable application users to run simulations via a web browser or desktop client — on any hardware, including phones and tablets.

Numerical simulation has changed since it first came about some 50 years ago. Through the use and distribution of applications, it has become even more powerful.

COMSOL, COMSOL Multiphysics, COMSOL Compiler, and COMSOL Server are trademarks or registered trademarks of COMSOL AB.

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