Mathematical Modeling of Lithium-Ion Cells

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm U.S. EDT

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If you are interested in modeling lithium-ion cells in COMSOL Multiphysics®, then tune into this webinar. In this presentation, you will learn about using COMSOL Multiphysics® to develop a physics-based lithium-ion cell model from guest speaker Dr. Ralph White, professor of chemical engineering and a distinguished scientist at the University of South Carolina.

The webinar will focus on the development of the porous electrode equations used to produce a physics-based model of a lithium-ion cell. You will get a demonstration of using the COMSOL® software to find a solution to these equations. A physics-based model of a lithium-ion cell will then be used to predict the voltage of the cell as a function of time for charge and discharge, given the design parameters and operating conditions of the cell. The model will also be used to demonstrate the effect of changing design parameters on cell performance.

The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.


Multiphysics simulation of the temperature profile in a liquid-cooled battery pack. Fluid flow and temperature are modeled in 3D and a lumped 1D model of the Li-ion battery is used to calculate the heat source.


Ralph White, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina

Dr. Ralph E. White is a professor of chemical engineering and a distinguished scientist at the University of South Carolina. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley under Professor John Newman. He taught at Texas A&M University before moving to the University of South Carolina, where he has served as a professor, the chair of the department, and the dean of the college. Dr. White has authored or coauthored 335 peer-reviewed journal articles. He and his research group are working on projects on batteries, fuel cells, and numerical methods. Their work on numerical methods consists of developing efficient algorithms for solving the equations that represent the phenomena that occur in electrochemical and chemical systems. He has received the Olin Palladium and Vittorio de Nora awards from The Electrochemical Society.

Ed Fontes, Chief Technology Officer, COMSOL

Ed Fontes is the chief technology officer at COMSOL. He has been with COMSOL since 1999, and was previously the lead developer for the CFD, heat transfer, and chemical engineering products. He received his PhD in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm


Billy Hurley, SAE International


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