Date: August 20, 2020
Time: 3 p.m. (CEST)
Place: Virtual lecture
Lecturer: Prof. Rainer Helmig, Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems (IWS)
Lecture title: "From the brain to the fuel cell: porous media are everywhere"
Link to Livestream: >>> https://youtu.be/iI5OBpNBBaw
Porous media are almost everywhere. The understanding of flow, transport and deformation processes in porous media is important for the optimization of fuel cells, energy storage, the prediction of landslides due to heavy rainfall or the spread of tumors in human tissue. In the context of this lecture, Prof. Rainer Helmig will give a short overview of the importance of porous media and show two specific examples of research applications: multiple sclerosis (modelling and analysis) and the optimization of the fuel cell as a drive technology. What happens in the porous medium "brain" if the blood-brain barrier no longer functions properly? How can research in the field of porous media positively influence the treatment of multiple sclerosis? What role does the understanding about porous media play in the context of alternative mobility forms? What significance does the fuel cell have for our climate as an alternative drive technology? This is where simulations help, because they make the invisible processes in the brain and in the fuel cell visible.
After his talk, Prof. Rainer Helmig will show the concept and the content of the SFB 1313 science exhibition "Pretty Porous – Alles Porös".
About the speaker
Prof. Rainer Helmig is the head of the Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems (LH2) at the Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems (IWS) of the University of Stuttgart. His research interests include numerical studies of multiphase flow in porous media, modeling of coupling and complex structures, advanced modeling concepts for coupling of free flow with flow in porous media, etc.