The West Pomeranian University of Technology (ZUT) in Szczecin is one of Poland’s top higher education, research and development institutions. ZUT was established on 1 January 2009 further to the merger of the Szczecin University of Technology and the University of Agriculture in Szczecin. The history of the Szczecin University of Technology can be traced back to December 1946, with the Faculty of Chemical Engineering established in the following academic year. On 3 September 1955 the School of Engineering acquired the status of a Technical University. At present over 15,000 ZUT students attend lectures spread across ten faculties offering bachelor, master and PhD courses in various branches of engineering. Over 700 members of teaching staff are currently employed there. ZUT has awarded around 1,000 doctorates over the last 45 years. The Faculty of Chemical Engineering at the West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, is one of the country’s leading faculties in terms of high-quality research and achievements. The Faculty of Chemical Engineering comprises 5 institutes including the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection Processes. 5 members of the Institute’s staff form a research group named the Process Modelling Group (www.pmgeng.zut.edu.pl). The group was established in 1996 and has been led by Professor Zdzislaw Jaworski ever since. It is currently working on fully predictive modelling methods for momentum, heat and mass transfer in chemical reactors. The investigations are funded by the Polish government (9 multi-year grants), with R&D projects funded by two British research companies and two Polish chemical factories. The group is a member of the West Pomeranian Centre of Advanced Technologies (http://www.zczt.ps.pl) and the Polish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (http://www.hydrogen.edu.pl).
Since 2010 the Process Modelling Group has conducted its own dedicated research into the CFD modelling of fuel cells/stacks. This is accompanied by participative seminars on the CFD modelling of fuel cells. The group has over 10 years of experience in the use of commercial package Fluent to simulate multiphase flows in complex geometries and heat transfer (including in combination with chemical reactions). It is envisaged that this will allow the team to quickly and efficiently apply CFD code to the modelling and optimization of SOFC stacks. In addition, Professor Zdzislaw Jaworski and Dr Paulina Pianko-Oprych have recently been involved in ongoing EU projects SUAV (FP7) and SAPIENS (FP7).
Role in project
The Process Modelling Group will take part in WT3.1 and lead WP7. The team will consist of 4 members. Dr Paulina Pianko-Oprych will be the overall group leader and also manage the sub-task research group consisting of two research fellows employed for 36 months. They will be supported by IT staff at ZUT, and their main tasks will be SOFC stack modelling and dissemination. Professor Zdzislaw Jaworski will support Dr Pianko-Oprych using his broad knowledge and experience in the field of numerical modelling.