Modeling Electrochemical Systems with Multiphysics

R.E. White
University of South Carolina

In this presentation we introduce the concept of Electrochemical Engineering through simulations in COMSOL Multiphysics. Our special case studies are:

• a Parallel Plate Electrochemical Reactor, • a Rotating Ring Disk System, • a 3D Lithium Ion Battery, • a Portable Power System, • a Corroding Surface.

These examples are all industrial ones, which shows the power of using COMSOL Multiphysics for real world simulations. All the examples follow the same procedure, we begin by introducing the problem, then the governing equations and finally solving the problem and visualizing the solution.

Keynote speaker's biography: Dr. Ralph E. White is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977. Dr. White has authored or coauthored over 270 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Currently, members of his research group are working on projects in the areas of fuel cells, batteries, and numerical methods. Their work on numerical methods consists of developing efficient algorithms to solve the equations that represent the phenomena that occur in electrochemical and chemical systems.

Ralph E. White was one of the keynote speakers at the COMSOL User's Conference, fall 2006 in Boston.