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Comsol releases Multiphysics 5.2 with much expanded tool set

21 November 2015

The release of Comsol Multiphysics 5.2, with the latest version of the Application Builder and Comsol Server products, provides specialists with the tools to share their simulation work, from design and development to production and testing.

Multiphysics version 5.2 provides the simulation community a fully integrated environment for creating simulation apps. This version delivers new features, improved stability and robustness, and faster execution.

Major upgrades to the Application Builder include the new Editor Tools for easy creation of user interface components, commands for dynamic updates of graphics, and more control over the deployment of simulation apps.

Running simulation apps using Comsol Server in a corporate network or in the cloud is now up to five times faster. Many updates, new features and simulation application examples are also available for the add-on electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical products.

The Application Builder features an optimised workflow. The new Editor Tools make the creation of user interface components easy and quick. Simulation specialists can now bring any model parameter, physics setting, and results, such as numerical data and plots into the user interface of an app with a few mouse clicks.

Many new apps have been added to the Application Libraries, ranging from membrane dialysis, water treatment, thermoelectric cooling, heat exchangers, touchscreen design, magnetic prospecting, piezoacoustic transducers, muffler design, MEMS sensors, and pressure vessels.

Version 5.2 provides new core functionality features; for example, users can now add annotations to 3D and 2D plots. A new tetrahedral meshing algorithm minimises the need for manual interactions when meshing large CAD models. Mesh Parts are introduced for integrating STL surface meshes and NASTRAN volumetric meshes into the geometry building work flow. The use of selections is expanded upon and can now be used for singling out which parts of a system should be used in results processing and visualisations.

Version 5.2 also introduces enhancements to the existing functionalities of COMSOL Multiphysics and its add-on products. Users will benefit from more flexible licence management, allowing them to work on their designs knowing that if the connection to the licence manager is disrupted they have the option to save their files and resume once a connection is re-established.

Users of the Structural Mechanics Module and the ac/dc Module will benefit from the new External Materials functionality allowing materials to be algorithmically defined by shared library files written in the C language. The most prominent use of this new functionality will be for nonlinear materials that include hysteresis (history dependency) and irreversibility effects.

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