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Multiphysics Modeling Using COMSOL®: A First Principles Approach

Author(s): Roger W. Pryor, PhD, COMSOL Certified Consultant
  • ISBN-13: 9780763779993
  • Hardcover    852 pages      © 2011
Price: $89.95 US List
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“…this book is an excellent starter and is highly valuable for teaching purposes.”

The book offers a highly useful DVD supplement containing all models developed and discussed in each chapter, as well as Windows Word documents containing all of the book’s figures and screenshots. The latter is very valuable for teaching purposes.”

-Christian Schroder
Professor, University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld, Germany

Multiphysics Modeling Using COMSOL® rapidly introduces the senior level undergraduate, graduate or professional scientist or engineer to the art and science of computerized modeling for physical systems and devices. It offers a step-by-step modeling methodology through examples that are linked to the Fundamental Laws of Physics through a First Principles Analysis approach. The text explores a breadth of multiphysics models in coordinate systems that range from 1D to 3D and introduces the readers to the numerical analysis modeling techniques employed in the COMSOL® Multiphysics® software. After readers have built and run the examples, they will have a much firmer understanding of the concepts, skills, and benefits acquired from the use of computerized modeling techniques to solve their current technological problems and to explore new areas of application for their particular technological areas of interest.

Download a 15-day free trial version of the complete PKS-MPD Materials Properties Database from Pryor Knowledge Systems (PKS) at

You can download the installer packages for Macintosh OS X, Windows XP, and a Windows Vista / Windows 7 package for use on the Multiphysics Modeling Using COMSOL DVD.

Features & Benefits

  • Presents the physics First Principle relevant to the problem and correlates them with the observed behaviors demonstrated in each multiphysics model.
  • Introduces the numerical analysis modeling techniques employed in the COMSOL® Multiphysics® software.
  • Includes executable copies of each model and related animations on the accompanying DVD.
  • Focuses on models that demonstrate the use of principles in the electrical, electronic, electromagnetic, optical, thermal physics and biophysics areas as examples for later application in problem solution by the reader in areas comprising engineering, science, medicine, and biophysics for development of devices and systems.
Chapter 1  Modeling Methodology
Chapter 2  Materials and Databases
Chapter 3  1D Modeling
Chapter 4  2D Modeling
Chapter 5  2D Axisymmetric Modeling
Chapter 6  2D Simple Mixed-Mode Modeling
Chapter 7  2D Complex Mixed-Mode Modeling
Chapter 8  3D Modeling
Chapter 9  Perfectly Matched Layer Models
Chapter 10  Bioheat Models

Roger W. Pryor, PhD-COMSOL Certified Consultant

Dr. Pryor completed his undergraduate work in physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He completed his graduate work for both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics at Pennsylvania State University. His postgraduate career has included positions in both industrial and academic research, management, and teaching. He has been granted 23 US Patents. In his current position as the VP of Research for Pryor Knowledge Systems, Inc., he advises clients on the solution of both research and production level problems through applied physics and multiphysics modeling.

  • "Pryor did a great job of putting together examples for many different application domains that can be solved by using COMSOL Multiphysics. In each chapter, he clearly describes the modeling process, offers detailed discussion of possible modeling errors and results, and provides the most important background information."

    -Christian Schroder
    Professor, University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld, Germany
    Published in Computing in Science & Engineering magazine, July/August 2010