08/20

August 20, 2020, 3:00 p.m. (CEST)

From the brain to the fuel cell: porous media are everywhere

Lecture within the SFB 1313 science exhibition "PRETTY POROUS – ALLES PORÖS" by Prof. Rainer Helmig

Time
August 20, 2020, 3:00 p.m. (CEST)
Maximum number of participants
47
Lecturer
Prof. Rainer Helmig, Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems (IWS)
Place: Virtual lecture
Language: English
Link to Livestream: >>> https://youtu.be/iI5OBpNBBaw
Abstract

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.

Exhibition tour
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.

SFB 1313, Universität Stuttgart
 Prof. Rainer Helmig, Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems (IWS)
Prof. Rainer Helmig, Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems (IWS)
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"PRETTY POROUS – ALLES PORÖS", die Wissenschaftsausstellung des SFB 1313
[Picture: ABK Stuttgart]

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