Comsol Licensing

Access groups

Note: Comsol licenses are in short supply; there are only 4 licenses available for general use. If you do not have reserved licenses, you may want to consider using MSC Software (makers of Adams, Patran, Nastran)

Most research groups that need Comsol have purchased their own license(s). Access to those licenses can only be obtained with the approval of the Professor that made the purchase. There are four floating licenses that ECN provides for anybody to use. These floating licenses are used up at most times. It is for this reason you can sometimes use Comsol and not at other times. If your research requires the use of Comsol then you should consider purchasing your own license. If you are a grad student,  check with your Professor if they already have a license you can use.

Additional modules

Comsol has many add-on modules that specialize in a specific areas such as:

These modules must be purchased on top of the base comsol license.  Use of the modules are based on an access group of those that purchased them. ECN provides a single RF module licenses for anybody to use.


Purchasing the license

To purchase a license for you or your group you need to send email to stating how many licenses and any add-on modules you think you will need. We will get you a price quote. At that time you will need to provide an account number to proceed. Current prices are approximately $3,500 for Comsol and $1000-3500 per module, depending on the module (as of April 2015).

Class license

For teaching COMSOL in a class we have a 60 seat class license available along with a fairly full array of modules. To use this license a class list must be provided by the faculty teaching the class, preferably before the start of a semester. The cost of the licenses (about $4500 per year) is shared by the departments requesting access. In the recent past 4-5 departments have used the class license, so the cost per department has been in the $900-$1200 range.

Occasionally, issues such as mistyped career accounts or a late addition to the class can cause an enrolled student to not have access to the Comsol class license. If that's the case then send e-mail to to determine why the class license is unavailable to the student.

Where can you use it?

Our license agreement with Comsol requires the installation of their software on University owned computers located on the West Lafayette campus. Comsol is available on all ECN-supported Linux and Windows machines. If its not on your ECN-supported Windows PC, contact us for assistance. For off-campus
use Comsol is available on the ITaP go remote system which uses the ECN license server that will enforce the access groups.

Last modified: 2016/08/26 12:05:0.468975 GMT-4 by michael.p.harrington.1
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