Revolutionizing Simulation – Application Builder

By on August 10, 2015

Designers today will often find themselves working on project s for which there is no precedent or established practice to guide them. As well as this foray into the unknown there is the added and constant economic pressure to get more done and get it done faster and better to meet other corporate targets or external deadlines. In a digital design environment, being able to simulate design performance is a distinct advantage and a welcome opportunity to streamline the design process. Many aspects of a design can be simulated and performance tested in the digital form, without the need to produce any physical product what so ever.

As well as reducing time between design iterations, simulation reduces costs as associated with prototype creation and Simulation results can quickly identify major shortcomings early on that can affect the direction a design is taking and open the designers eyes to other possibilities that may not have been apparent in the first line of approach to a solution.

Simulation tools need to be able to synthesize the physical properties of digital design and subject it to a range of physical conditions that accurately represent the conditions that could occur in in a real physical world. The range of tests must be accurate, complete and consistently repeatable. The results need to be accurately recorded and easily analyzed and presented to make them useful, both to designers and other project stakeholders.

With such a list of requirements in a simulation tool it is not surprising that they can be specialized and sometimes inflexible in what they simulate and the extent of the simulation results. Flexibility in and versatility are value factors of any design tool and Application Builder offers just such advantages in allowing designers to create their own simulation apps.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/video/computing/software/the-application-builder-revolutionizing-the-simulation-industryA lot of work goes into the design of a product. With a new tool called the Application Builder, engineers can create simulation apps to streamline the R&D process. By building an app with a user-friendly interface, you can share the power of simulation with colleagues and customers who can then easily analyze and optimize your design. The Application Builder, included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software platform, brings modern-day technology and usability to the computational power of simulation.

Specialized and fully customizable, the Application Builder enables you to create simulation apps with specific inputs, outputs, and key parameters. The functionality can be based on a specific purpose and tailored to the people using it. You can build any simulation app you wish with the Application Builder in COMSOL Multiphysics®; the following apps are just two examples.

For instance, if you work in the semiconductor or optoelectronics industry, you could create an app that can be used to optimize a particular light-emitting diode (LED) design. The Wavelength Tunable LED demo is an example of what such an app might look like. With the app, the user can analyze the emission properties of an AlGaN/InGaN light-emitting diode within a desired spectral range that they specify.

Simulation enables you to understand, predict, optimize, and control how a product is designed by using mathematical models to express physical laws. By visualizing your design virtually, you can predict how the component, device, or product will perform in the real world before moving on to expensive prototyping. And with apps, simulation becomes more collaborative and useful. The Application Builder Revolutionizing the Simulation Industry

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CAD user/writer since 1984. Publishing online since 1990.

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