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KTH and COMSOL sign $400,000 software
license agreement

Burlington, MA (April 14, 2011) – The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, has signed a three-year site license agreement with COMSOL to provide all the Schools within KTH with COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software. Over 16,000 teachers, researchers and students will now have access to the entire suite of tools. COMSOL Multiphysics enables engineers and scientists in a wide array of engineering fields to conduct real-world simulations of any physics-based system for product design and development.

The site license worth $400,000 brings the same powerful simulation toolset that is being used by high-tech firms and top researchers worldwide to users throughout KTH. In this educational environment, COMSOL Multiphysics helps students gain insights into basic principles of physical effects and also how to build computer models that represent those effects.

A relationship going back two decades

Over the last two decades, KTH and COMSOL have continually strengthened what has been a long-standing bond. “Today, KTH graduates are omnipresent among our company’s employees, going all the way back to our founders,” notes COMSOL Sweden Sales and Marketing Manager Daniel Ericsson. “We continue to rely on KTH to recruit new talent for our core development team, and we are delighted by the fact that KTH has chosen to strengthen its relationship with us. There’s also a trend among our commercial customers to look for new hires who have experience using COMSOL. In the end, businesses benefit from the fact that KTH students get training in the use of leading simulation software as part of their core education.”

KTH’s IT Department Operation Manager, Lars Eneslätt, has nothing but praise for the use of COMSOL Multiphysics because it addresses such a wide scope of simulation domains. “Now, with one and the same software environment, our researchers and students alike can simulate structural mechanics, heat transfer, electromagnetics, chemical engineering and fluid flow. Instead of purchasing ten or more specialized codes, we can invest in one unifying environment that encompasses the needs of all the KTH Schools and that covers a multitude of applications. Also key is the long-term commitment to centralize licenses and agreements. Today we can assure users throughout KTH of continued access to the crucial environment that COMSOL Multiphysics provides for our education and research.”

Professor Carl-Mikael Zetterling in the Department of Microelectronics and Applied Physics explains, “By using COMSOL Multiphysics, we can quickly set up models and analyze their physical effects. The software’s flexibility and open structure allows us to customize models to our specific requirements. In addition, the vastly improved user interface in Version 4.1 makes it even easier for new users to get up to speed using the software.”

World’s largest site license

“Early on, KTH pioneered the adoption of our groundbreaking multiphysics tools,” comments Per Backlund Sales Manager at COMSOL Sweden. “That institute became a customer with the release of the very first version of COMSOL Multiphysics, and today it has the world’s largest license based on the number of users. With this new agreement, KTH gets access to COMSOL and its application-specific tools plus automatic access to new products, which we are expecting several of in the next few years.”


COMSOL’s flagship product is COMSOL Multiphysics, a software environment for the modeling and simulation of any physics-based system. A particular strength is its ability to account for multiphysics phenomena. Optional modules add discipline-specific tools for acoustics, batteries and fuel cells, chemical engineering, electromagnetics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, MEMS, plasma, structural analysis and subsurface flow. Founded in 1986, the company has U.S. offices in Burlington, MA, Los Angeles, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. International operations have grown to include offices in the Benelux countries, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Independent distributors of COMSOL Multiphysics are located in Australia, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey. Additional information about the company is available at

About KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is the largest, oldest and most international technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at the university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all the branches of engineering and includes architecture, industrial management and urban planning. The educational programs lead to Bachelor, Master or PhD degrees in engineering, science, and architecture. There is a total of just over 13,000 year-round equivalent undergraduate students, more than 1,500 active graduate students and around 3,000 full-time equivalent employees at KTH.


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