COMSOL Finite Element Analysis multiphysics analysis and simulation software

COMSOL is a Finite Element Analysis engineering and physics simulation tool.  The tool works by dividing up a one-, two-, or three-dimensional geometry into pieces, called finite elements and solving the physics for each piece. Users can choose any combination of physics which allows modeling to be more flexible. COMSOL is available in the NACOE computer labs for instructional purposes and personal exploration. MONT has obtained a separate license for research purposes.  The version of COMSOL discussed here is for RESEARCH ONLY and is available to everyone at MSU through MONT for that application. However, the research license does not allow use by for-profit companies.

This COMSOL license includes the Multiphysics package (2 copies), MEMS Module (1 copy),  Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer Module(1 copy) Porous Media Flow Module (1 copy) and Wave Optics Module (1 copy).  Because of the limited number of COMSOL licenses, we have a reservation procedure. Please contact Dr. Andy Oliver at with an email listing your request to use COMSOL, your race, gender, MSU unique ID, year in school, and major (discipline).  This information fulfills our obligations to NSF which is supporting the software. You will then receive access to the MMF calendar MMF Tool Reservation and can reserve time on either the MEMS Module or Fuel Cell and Electrolyer/Porous Flow Module or Wave Optics Module. To install the software on a university owned computer, and ask for COMSOL license 3080203 to be installed. If you have any questions or need help, please contact Andy Oliver at or 406 994 7915. This software is available to anyone at Montana State University for academic use including research activities, but not for consulting or private company use. There is no cost to use the software.

Help is available if you would like us to aid in the modeling process.


3D computer model of a mirror frequency resonance