COMSOL Day: Power Sources for Automotive, Portable, and Stationary Applications

December 3, 2020 8:50 AM - 3:00 PM GMT

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Join us online for COMSOL Day: Power Sources for Automotive, Portable, and Stationary Applications. Listen to experts in the field of simulation, engage in product demonstrations, and ask questions to COMSOL technical staff.

You can ask questions at the end of each presentation during a Q&A session.

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Welcoming Remarks

The simulation of power storage and conversion for automotive, stationary, and portable applications has become increasingly popular. Modeling and simulation is one of the tools for faster progress in understanding, design, and optimization of batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers, and supercapacitors. During this session, the latest news and trends in electrochemical cell simulation performed in power storage units and devices will be introduced, particularly with respect to electrochemical reaction kinetics, fluid flow, and mass and heat transfer. We will also present some of the latest features in the COMSOL® software that can be applied to expand the possibilities of what can be modeled and in what capacity.

Invited Speakers

Batteries are the main electric power storage and conversion device used in automotive and portable applications. They are even used for stationary electric power storage at smaller scales. While they differ in size, scope, and the underlying chemistry of how they operate, all batteries adhere to the basic principles of electrochemistry. In this session, we will introduce these principles, their application to individual battery types, their field of operation, and how the COMSOL® software can be applied to modeling and simulating batteries.

Parallel Sessions:
An Introduction to Modeling Electrochemical Cells with COMSOL Multiphysics®

In this session, we will introduce engineers and scientists to the benefits of modeling electrochemical cells for automotive, stationary, and portable power storage devices using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. A model of an electrochemical cell will be built from scratch, and the major steps in the modeling process will be demonstrated and explained for engineers that are just starting out with modeling and simulation.

Tech Café: Building Simulation Apps for Electrochemical Cells

Simulating electrochemical cells can be challenging because many different physical and chemical phenomena need to be considered. The development of electrochemical cells for electric vehicles, stationary power storage units, and portable devices is making great progress, but could make more progress with more extensive use of modeling and simulation. One path to faster development is to have modeling experts create simulation apps, based on high-fidelity models, that can then be used by a much larger group of engineers and technical experts. Although these engineers and experts may be domain experts, they may not necessarily be modeling experts. However, they can greatly benefit from simulation in their work. In this Tech Café, COMSOL engineers will demonstrate and answer questions about the Application Builder and how simulation apps can be efficiently deployed to and used by colleagues working on different aspects of the research, development, and manufacture of power storage devices.

Break for Lunch

The advent of electric vehicles has reached the stage where they are becoming far more available to the average commuter. Many new and existing automotive companies and OEMs are investing in research and development into their design and operation. This panel discussion will bring together industry leaders with experience in the development of power sources for electric vehicles and other applications to discuss the importance of simulation to the industry, how simulation can be best applied, and trends that are becoming apparent in simulating their design and operation.

Parallel Sessions:
Introducing the Fuel Cell & Electrolyzer Module

COMSOL introduced the Fuel Cell & Electrolyzer Module in COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.6 to expand the sphere for modeling electric vehicles and energy conversion. This product can be used for modeling low- and high-temperature hydrogen fuel cells and water electrolyzers based on different operating parameters, such as proton exchange membranes (PEM), hydroxide exchange (alkaline) membranes, molten carbonates, and solid oxides. In this session, we will present and demonstrate simulations of electrochemical reactions, electrolyte charge transport, gas-phase mass transport, and convective flow, as well as two-phase water/gas transport.

Tech Café: Optimizing Fuel Cells, Batteries, and Supercapacitors for Automotive Applications

Power storage devices, such as batteries and fuel cells, are essential to the automotive industry. Simulation is the perfect tool to find optimal designs, material choices, and operating parameters for these devices. In this Tech Café, we will discuss how to optimize battery and fuel cell designs with the built-in features in COMSOL Multiphysics®. Strategies will be demonstrated based on the questions asked to COMSOL engineers. A new source for power storage, supercapacitors, will also be discussed.

Closing Remarks

COMSOL Speakers

Robbie Balcombe
Robbie Balcombe works as a technical team director at COMSOL. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2007 with a MEng in aero-mechanical engineering and then carried out his PhD in the area of numerical modeling of rolling contact fatigue at Imperial College London.
Shruti Srivastav
Shruti Srivastav joined COMSOL AB as a technology specialist in 2016. She has a PhD in theoretical electrochemistry. Her work includes analytical and numerical methods of solving theoretical aspects at disordered electrochemical ínterfaces. She has used FEM to understand interfacial phenomena in Li-ion batteries and energy storage systems.
Ross Hubble
Ross Hubble works as an applications engineer at COMSOL UK. He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2010 with an MEng in chemical engineering and then went on to carry out his PhD investigating carbon oxide hydrogenation reactions.
Henrik Ekström
Henrik Ekström is the technology manager for electrochemistry at COMSOL. Prior to joining COMSOL in 2010, Henrik worked at various fuel cell startup firms in Sweden. He received his PhD in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

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Invited Speakers & Panelists

Selcuk Atalay, Ph.D.
A123 Systems, LLC.

Selcuk Atalay received his MSc degree from University of Glasgow, U.K., and PhD degree in aerospace engineering from Old Dominion University, U.S. His research focus was on the role of surface chemistry on electrokinetic phenomenon in nanoscale systems. Now, he is a senior modeling scientist at A123 Systems, and he is responsible for supporting the design of next-generation lithium-ion batteries via a multiscale electrochemical modeling approach.

Alex Bond
Quintessa Ltd

Alex Bond trained as a geologist (MA) and hydrogeologist (MSc, PhD) and has nearly twenty years of experience in the UK and international nuclear and other energy industries. Alex works on a wide range of international projects for Quintessa Ltd. (a COMSOL Certified Consultant), including radioactive waste management, reactor safety, regulator support, site investigation, legacy site management, and research project management. A large part of his work involves complex coupled numerical analysis and the COMSOL Multiphysics® software is one of the main tools that Alex uses.