The Use of Application Builder & COMSOL Multiphysics as a Tool to Build and Deploy Simulation Apps for Heat Transfer


For teaching Heat transfer, we currently apply COMSOL Multiphysics software and its new application builder features. Main goals are to maximizing the efficiency of the learning process, expanding the investigation techniques while keeping students engaged. In Engineering based courses as Heat Transfer, simulation apps are helping to strike such a balance by introducing students to complex concepts in a simplified format. In any simulation study, there are complex theories and physics that must be considered in order to obtain accurate, realistic results. Innovative ways that university professors should utilize within the classroom are the use of simulation apps as that they are able to incorporate these elements into the underlying model while hiding such complexities behind a user-friendly interface. Within the university setting, simulation apps are evolving as a powerful tool for introducing students to challenging concepts and enhancing their modeling skills to further advance their learning. We describe the fundamentals and give examples of exercises that include several features of the modelling options. The user-friendly design of COMSOL makes the software well-suited for use in the class-room for both the above mentioned purposes. The students benefit from the easy handling of model input, which is completely performed within the graphical user interface.

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Mohamed Edali, Al-Mergib University, Alkhoms, Libya
Zaed Sahem, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Canada
Sondos Elhsaik, Al-Mergib University, Alkhoms, Libya
Hanadi Saad, Al-Mergib University, Alkhoms, Libya
Ali Elkamel, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

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Conference: IICTCHawaii2017
Stream: Human computer interaction

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