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Comsol has released its latest multiphysics simulation software, which is designed to enable a wider range of scientists and engineers to increase their productivity and problem-solving capacity.

Comsol Multiphysics Version 4.0 features a new user interface and, according to the company, both expert analysts and non-experts alike will benefit from the organised layout and streamlined model-building process.

The company has also released a series of new Livelink options that integrate Comsol Multiphysics into the mainstream product design workflow.

New Livelink products are now shipping for Autodesk Inventor, Pro/Engineer, Solidworks and Matlab.

‘Version 4.0a, available this June, includes three new modules for CFD, plasma and batteries and fuel cells,’ said Svante Littmarck, president and chief executive officer of Comsol.

According to the company, model setup is smooth and direct, helping users to quickly make and solve tough problems.

Version 4.0 combines an organised model overview and a streamlined model-building process in the new Comsol Desktop.

It is claimed to use functional form, structure and aesthetics to achieve simplicity for modelling complex physical realities.

For instance, task-specific tools appear on the desktop when required and show only the currently possible and necessary actions.

This is designed to remove uncertainty from model building and bring order to simulations.

Zink Imaging, which invented the Zink Technology and manufactured Zink Paper, a new approach to the full-colour printing of information and images, frequently uses Comsol Multiphysics during product invention, development and manufacturing.

By adopting Comsol simulation, computer-aided-design (CAD) software users can now accurately simulate how real-world physical effects shape the design of new products.

Version 4.0 features the optional Livelink range of products; each Livelink connects Comsol Multiphysics directly with CAD programs so that all parameters specified in a CAD model can be interactively linked with simulation geometry.

The current product line includes Livelink for Solidworks, Livelink for Inventor and Livelink for Pro/Engineer.

In addition, Livelink for Matlab is available for those who need to incorporate a Comsol Multiphysics model into an extended technical computing and programming environment.

Comsol Multiphysics Version 4.0 now runs on Windows HPC Server 2008, creating a scalable computing solution for simulation and virtual prototyping.

Current users with a Comsol Multiphysics Version 4.0 floating network licence will be able to deploy across as many Windows HPC Server 2008 nodes as they choose, at no additional licensing cost.

Comsol Multiphysics supports parallel processing through standard shared-memory multi-core computers as well as distributed-memory clusters.

Users can employ clusters to solve a series of parameter steps for a model, one parameter per node, or they can solve a single large model using distributed memory.

The Comsol cluster implementation can utilise shared-memory multi-core processing on each node in combination with the MPI-based distributed memory model.

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COMSOL Multiphysics® is a software environment for the modeling and simulation of any physics-based system. A particular strength is its ability to account for multiphysics phenomena. Optional modules add discipline-specific tools for acoustics, batteries and fuel cells, chemical engineering, earth science, electromagnetics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, MEMS, plasma, and structural analysis.

COMSOL Multiphysics® is a software environment for the modelling and simulation of any physics-based system. A particular strength is its ability to account for multiphysics phenomena. Optional modules add discipline-specific tools for acoustics, batteries and fuel cells, chemical engineering, earth science, electromagnetics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, MEMS, plasma, and structural analysis.

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