COMSOL Multiphysics is a finite element analysis, solver and Simulation software / FEA Software package for various physics and engineering applications, especially coupled phenomena, or multiphysics. COMSOL Multiphysics also offers an extensive interface to MATLAB and its toolboxes for a large variety of programming, preprocessing and postprocessing possibilities. The packages are cross-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux). In addition to conventional physics-based user interfaces, COMSOL Multiphysics also allows for entering coupled systems of partial differential equations (PDEs). The PDEs can be entered directly or using the so-called weak form (see finite element method for a description of weak formulation). An early version (before 2005) of COMSOL Multiphysics was called FEMLAB.


Installation of COMSOL Multiphysics on a Mac OS X PC

  1. Download: Comsol 5.5
  2. Connect to engineering VPN server
  3. Mount the Comsol55.iso package
  4. Right Click on "COMSOL Installer" & click on "Open"
  5. CMD + space -> Type “Security and Privacy” -> General [tab]
  6. Click the lock to allow admin/sudo access. Select “Allow apps downloaded from App Store and identified developers.” Allow the software to run as shown in the screenshot.
  7. Choose "New Install"
  8. Accept the license
  9. In same window, click on the drop-down menu for license type and select "<port number>@<host name>"
  10. Enter "1718" for port number
  11. Enter "" for hostname
  12. Continue to click "Next" when prompted until the install is finished
  13. To run comsol, make sure you are connected to engineering VPN server and then run the program like you normally would.

 NOTE:  You can download the previous versions if needed.

Patch for Users Using Mac OS X Yosemite

If you are having issues installing or running COMSOL Multiphysics, and you are running Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10.x), a patch has been released to resolve this issue: