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COMSOL Boosts Electromagnetics Simulation Performance

March 19, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

64-bit multiphysics simulations are now possible on a standard PC. With support for 64-bit Windows, users of COMSOL Multiphysics 3.2a can increase the size of simulation models by orders of magnitudes. Further, the companion product COMSOL Script™ now provides object-oriented programming so that scientists and engineers can create custom data structures and operations in user-defined applications. A suite of electromagnetics-specific features enables the simulation of arbitrary waveforms for applications such as the startup of a motor or the response of a circuit to pulses.

As engineers need to tackle larger, more complex real-world problems in their designs, sufficient memory becomes crucial. With the 3.2a release, COMSOL Multiphysics runs under Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, which supports 128 GB of RAM and 16 terabytes of virtual memory address space. With this extra memory, users can easily handle highly complex problems.

The Electromagnetics Module 3.2a includes new capabilities for the modeling of electromagnetic fields and AC/DC components. Higher order vector elements enable significantly more accurate solutions for electromagnetic wave simulations. Further, the 3D Transient Electromagnetic Fields application mode for induction currents handles time-dependent or transient cases.

This feature makes it easy to model arbitrary waveforms such as rectangular waves, spikes, and pulses. An additional new feature is that users can now import SPICE netlist files for electronic circuit simulations that include detailed FEA models of selected components.

COMSOL Multiphysics 3.2a and all its modules are currently available for shipment. A single-user license for COMSOL Multiphysics 3.2a costs $6,995; the Electromagnetics Module costs $2,995.