CAD: COMSOL - Optimization Module

CAD: COMSOL - Optimization Module
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The Optimization Module can be used throughout the COMSOL Multiphysics product family. It is a general interface for computing optimal solutions to engineering problems. Module inputs such as part shapes, material properties, or material distribution, can be treated as design variables and any model output can be an objective function.

The Optimization Module computes the analytic sensitivities of the objective function to the design variables, considers any constraints imposed upon the problem, and use a gradient-based optimization technique to find optimal designs. Based upon the SNOPT code developed by Philip E. Gill of the University of California San Diego, and Walter Murray and Michael A. Saunders if Stanford University, the Optimization Module can be used to solve shape, size and topology optimization problems, as well as inverse problems such as parameter estimation.

With a very general interface, the capabilities of the Optimization Module can be used in conjunction with any combination of other COMSOL products.

Note: To use any of the COMSOL Modules, a COMSOL Multiphysics Base License pass is required. All module software is included with the COMSOL Multiphysics download file, which means you need to download only once.

Licensing Requirements or Restrictions

  • Access is authorized within the geographic boundaries of Canada only.
  • Use of this design tool is restricted to university research only.
  • Faculty with a Professor Research Subscription receive access that allows you, your students, and your research staff to access COMSOL software.
  • Five concurrent use instances per tool from the subscriber’s research team, up to the limits of the available licenses in the shared pool.
  • Access for one year 
  • Acceptance of the vendor licenses terms, including the Academic Addendum, on first use.

For more information, contact the Licensing Administrator at or call 613-530-4787.

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