InterPore Academy lecture by Rainer Helmig: “From the brain to the fuel cell – porous media are everywhere”

  • Mar 24, 2021 08:00 AM Central European Time
  • Mar 24, 2021 03:00 PM China Standard Time
  • Mar 24, 2021 03:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
  • Mar 24, 2021 12:00 AM (Midnight) Pacific Standard Time
Who: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Helmig
Title: From the brain to the fuel cell – porous media are everywhere
About the lecture

Porous media are almost everywhere. The understanding of flow, transport and deformation processes in porous media is very important for the optimization of fuel cells, energy storage, the predication of landslides due to heavy rainfall or the spread of tumors in human tissue.

In the context of this lecture, we 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 to drive technology? This is where simulations help, because they make the invisible processes in the brain and the fuel cell visible.

About Rainer Helmig

Prof. Rainer Helmig is the head of the Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems at the Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems (IWS) of the University of Stuttgart and is also spokesperson of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1313 “Interface-Driven Multi-Field Processes in Porous Media – Flow, Transport and Deformation”. 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.