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Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineers with Microfluidics and CFD, Second Edition by James O. Wilkes

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Chapter 14. COMSOL (FEMLAB) Multiphysics for Solving Fluid Mechanics Problems

14.1. Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics

Chapter 13 introduced the general concept and importance of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), together with the three main types of programs (based on the FDM, FEM, and FVM). The chapter concluded with four illustrations of the versatile capabilities of FlowLab, which is based on the finite-volume method.

The present chapter introduces COMSOL Multiphysics (which we shall usually abbreviate as “COMSOL”), another type of CFD software, which is based on the finite-element method. COMSOL (known as FEMLAB until September 2005, when COMSOL 3.2 was introduced) is developed by COMSOL Inc., and its broad capabilities are best introduced ...

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