Christopher Golding, Graduate in Chemical Engineering
Our current project, “ADVANCED COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS FOR EDUCATION IN CHEMICAL AND BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING ANALYSIS” utilizes COMSOL, Multiphysics to help teach graduate and undergraduate courses in transport phenomena. This computational program numerically solves advanced mathematical physics/engineering problems in fluid, mass, and energy transport with minimal assumptions. We illustrate the approach by showing examples of flow in tubes with mass transfer and the draining of a liquid from a vessel. Simple analytical solutions for these problems are compared with the more detailed COMSOL solution to illustrate how assumptions in the approximations affect the solution.
COMSOL helps provide a new way to build students’ intuition on how different parameters affect the solution of an advanced mathematical physics and engineering problem. COMSOL can be used to solve problems with highly complex and realistic geometry.