Hydrogen Vehicle Leak Modelling in Indoor Ventilated Environments

A. Hallgarth[1], A. Zayer[1], A. Gatward[2], and J. Davies[2]
[1]Hazard Research & Risk Consultants Ltd, Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom
[2]Independent Consultants, United Kingdom

This paper presents and discusses HazRes’ research and results associated with the simulation and modelling of hydrogen release and dispersion events in indoor enclosed environments, using COMSOL Multiphysics. HazRes has developed a gas dispersion model in COMSOL, which takes into account the effects of buoyancy, localized ventilation effects and turbulence generated by obstacles on the dispersion of hydrogen in indoor environments. The authors analyse several hydrogen release scenarios to demonstrate the effectiveness and usefulness of this model for this application, using COMSOL. The main focus of this work is to continuously develop and provide more accurate prediction methods to assist “clean fuel” organisations with their hydrogen safety cases.