COMSOL offers new capabilities for product development and innovation in its latest version of multiphysics simulation platform.

At the beginning of the year, COMSOL announced the release of the latest version of its modelling and simulation software, COMSOL Multiphysics® version 6.1.

The latest version provides its users with powerful multiphysics simulation tools in areas of highly competitive R&D, like audio technology and vehicle electrification, and the software's foundation has been strengthened with new capabilities for optimisation and modelling of turbulent flow and mechanical contact.

Fluid and mechanical simulations

The CFD Module now includes high-fidelity turbulent flow with detached eddy simulation (DES). This yields the accuracy of large eddy simulation (LES) with substantially less computational effort.

A new and fast method for mechanical contact is included in the Structural Mechanics Module and the MEMS Module. It introduces new functionality for solids, shells and membranes with full support for self-contacting surfaces. There is a new method for assigning materials to thin structures that makes it easier to analyse gaskets, adhesive layers and claddings.

Structural analysis in version 6.1 using the new method for mechanical contact. The visualisation shows the stress and deformation in the two metal tubes.

Transducer design for audio products

Version 6.1 expands the software's capabilities for modelling speakers and microphones in consumer electronics with additional functionality for thermoviscous acoustics.

"We have a large and growing community of users among leading developers of audio technology. They use our software to analyse everything from smartphone speakers to earbuds and hearing aids. The functionality in this release completes the Acoustics Module simulation environment for analysing electrovibroacoustics of microtransducers and microacoustic systems," said Mads Herring Jensen, acoustics technology manager at COMSOL.

A visualisation of the radiated intensity from a microspeaker in a smartphone. This simulation is using the new functionality for thermoviscous acoustics available in version 6.1.

Analysis tools for vehicle electrification

When assessing the operational reliability and safety of battery technology, users of the Battery Design Module will enjoy several important additions, including support for setting up thermal runaway propagation models. In the AC/DC Module, new functionality for rapid layout of motor windings and magnet arrays ensures a smooth workflow for electric motor design and analysis.

An electromagnetic simulation of an electric motor.

Additional highlights

  • Version control of reports and CAD assemblies in the Model Manager;
  • Automatic simplification of imported ECAD layouts for faster meshing and solving;
  • Topology optimisation with manufacturing constraints for milling;
  • Multidimensional interpolation and inverse uncertainty quantification;
  • Magnetohydrodynamics simulation with a library of liquid metals;
  • Flowmeter analysis that includes coupled piezoelectric, structural, acoustics and fluid flow effects;
  • Plus, many more.

You can find details about version 6.1 here.

Available Now.

Download COMSOL® version 6.1