Nivan and Mehrez have joined the OpenPNM Team, thanks to recent funding from CANARIE. Nivan is a software developer working on a graphical interface, with the aim to make using OpenPNM as easy as a few mouse clicks. Mehrez is a post-doctoral associate in charge of improving the backend performance of various algorithms and implementing multiphysics simulations. Welcome to the team guys!
The OpenPNM Team has recently received funding from the CANARIE agency. This significant amount of funding will pay for a software developer to build a GUI-frontend to the software, as well as a research associate to expand the back end capabilities to handle substantially larger networks. Our goal is to perform simulations on networks with billions of pores or more, and to easily handle multi-physics scenarios. The funding was received under the ‘software reuse’ program, which as the name suggests aims to support existing software platforms to become more user friendly and more widely applicable. This funding will last for 2 years and is an amazing opportunity for OpenPNM to continue to grow.
Congratulations to Amin Sadeghi, PhD candidate with Prof. Gostick, for his recently published work using OpenPNM model diffusion hierarchical, multiscale catalyst particles. This work was published in The Chemical Engineering Journal.
The OpenPNM team has prepared a paper outlining the architecture and capabilities of our software package. It is now officially available in the IEEE journal Computers in Science and Engineering. The developers would appreciate if people cited this article if they use OpenPNM in any publication.
CANARIE is a Canadian agency that promote, supports, funds, and generally enables digital technology and software development in Canada. OpenPNM was recently featured in their news stream, which can be read here.
Aimy Bazylak’s group at UofT has published the first official article using OpenPNM. The title is “Investigating Inlet Condition Effects on PEMFC GDL Liquid Water Transport through Pore Network Modeling”, and as the name suggests they look at the different water invasion patterns arising from different boundary conditions for the IP process.
Tom Tranter of the University of Leeds presented his work using OpenPNM at the 2nd H2FC SUPERGEN Researcher Conference in Birmingham.
Prof. Jeff Gostick gave a talk to full room during the plenary session of the Fuel Cell symposium at the Fall meeting of the Electrochemical Society in Cancun this past October. The talk was focused on the use of pore network models to simulate complete fuel cell operation, include both anode and cathode GDLs, catalyst layers and ionomer separator. The talk illustrated the important impact of the discrete nature of water clusters in the fuel cell electrode, which leads to localized reactant starvation, hindered proton production, and an overall increase in ohmic losses. The work was entirely performed in OpenPNM.