Investigating Turing’s Theory of Morphogenesis

Caty Fairclough | May 9, 2016

Have you ever wondered how tigers develop their stripes? Alan Turing’s theory of morphogenesis offers one possible explanation for this occurrence, suggesting that patterns, such as stripes, develop naturally from initially homogeneous states. Today, we’ll take a closer look at Turing’s theory and explore some modern research on this topic, including the modeling of branching morphogenesis in COMSOL Multiphysics.

Ed Fontes | May 5, 2016

The Application Builder in the COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software offers almost unlimited freedom in the design of apps. But as engineers, we need to balance our creativity with focus to avoid disorder in our simulation app design. In the first installment of a two-part blog series, we give a few guidelines that will help you create apps with a clear, streamlined design and structure.


Caty Fairclough | May 3, 2016

Why are the famous paintings on the walls of a Netherlands chapel deteriorating? To answer this question, researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology used physical measurements and simulation to evaluate how rising moisture affects the chapel’s artwork. Today, we’ll see how their research helped provide a better understanding of the damage occurring within this cultural heritage site.

Bridget Cunningham | April 28, 2016

The ability to adapt to unpredictable or dangerous environments is an important advantage for any vehicle or device. Developing materials with the ability to shift in shape can offer potential for new technologies to handle such situations. With the design of a new hybrid material, engineers at Cornell University are bringing new developments of this nature to the fields of soft robotics and aeronautics.


Nirmal Paudel | April 26, 2016

Magnetic gears are the contactless mechanisms for torque-speed conversion using permanent magnets or electromagnets. They are utilized in several renewable energy applications, increasing the speed of wind energy, ocean energy, and flywheel energy storage in order to match the specification of the electromagnetic generator. Unlike their mechanical counterparts, magnetic gears offer inherent overload protection, have high reliability due to frictionless operation, and require no lubrication. Today, we’ll discuss how to simulate magnetic gears in 2D and 3D with COMSOL Multiphysics.


Phillip Oberdorfer | April 21, 2016

We previously wrote about how engineers at IAV, a leading automotive engineering company, used simulation to reduce sloshing in vehicles. Today, we’ll demonstrate how to set up your own sloshing tank model in COMSOL Multiphysics using a separated two-phase flow model with two fluids that have a large difference in density.


Brianne Costa | May 4, 2016

Shouldn’t the way you design a device be just as efficient as the device itself? When designing a centrifugal governor, the main goal is to increase the overall operation efficiency of an engine. With our Centrifugal Governor Simulator demo app, you can easily and quickly test a wide spectrum of parameters and physical studies to optimize the performance of the device. Today’s blog post offers insight.

Bridget Cunningham | May 2, 2016

Graphene is a material with a strong presence — and impact — throughout the scientific community. Amongst its many uses, researchers are looking to graphene as a potential material solution within sensor designs for medical and biosensing applications. Today, we’ll explore the role of simulation in analyzing and optimizing a 3D multilayered graphene biosensor.

Magnus Ringh | April 27, 2016

You can use the residual operator, new with COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.2, to evaluate and plot your model’s algebraic residual in order to troubleshoot convergence issues. This blog post demonstrates the use of the residual operator for visualizing and understanding the convergence properties of a turbulent flow simulation.

Bridget Cunningham | April 25, 2016

Behind every glass of beer is a series of steps that deliver its unique taste. Fermentation, the process during which sugars are converted into alcohol, is one of these important steps. With the help of COMSOL Multiphysics, we can study the fermentation process, identifying ways to optimize its efficiency and serve up a better-tasting beer.

Brianne Costa | April 20, 2016

We’ve talked a lot on the blog about the different types of simulation apps that you can build. But did you know that you can create an app that plays sounds? The Organ Pipe Designer allows users to investigate the parameters behind an organ pipe configuration and then play the resulting sounds to really see — and hear — a design in action. Let’s learn more about the physics behind our underlying model and its transformation into an easy-to-use app.

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