Temperature distribution inside biological tissue during thermal tumor ablation process

Applied Numerical Field Computations

Lecture with exercise

Applied Numerical Field Computations


Finite element methods are standard tools for the solution of partial differential equations, for instance Maxwell equations. They enable a deep insight into a physical problem and therefore support knowledge acquisition similar to analytical methods or experiments.

Here, the established finite element method (FEM) is applied to the solution of multiphysics field problems. This includes a sound discussion of solution methods for time dependent field problems, non-linear equation systems, as well as a mathematical description of multiphysics field problems, for instance electro-thermal problems.

Lecture with exercise

The lecture with exercise is held by Dr. Buchau, who has more than 20 years scientific experience in finite element methods. The lecture part of this course is in the seminar room of the Institute of Smart Sensors. There, theoretical background of numerical methods is presented and discussed. Of course, the focus is on the application of numerical methods to the solution of complex multiphysics problems as they are relevant in everyday engineering. Therefore, a lot of examples using the commercial software COMSOL Multiphysics are studied along with fundamentals of underlying numerical methods and numerical formulations.

The exercise part is in the computer laboratory of the Institute of Smart Sensors. Hence, students learn to apply numerical field computations as an important engineering tool and see immediately the properties of numerical methods. Furthermore, the discussion of real problems with other students or the lecturer helps to understand the theoretical background and prepares for future work at an institute or in industry.

COMSOL Multiphysics (c)
Multiphysics model of thermal tumor ablation process in COMSOL Multiphysics


  • Module description, detailed content of lecture with exercise, schedule, and registration in C@mpus
  • Lecture notes in ILIAS
  • Date of oral exam by appointment in ILIAS


André Buchau

André Buchau

Vice Director, Group Leader "Multiphysics problems"

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