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In our TIL add-on library Hydrogen Energy Systems, further fluid data, component and system models are created, which enable the design and evaluation of future hydrogen energy systems.
We at TLK can rely on many years of experience from various consulting and research projects in the field of modeling and simulation of hydrogen systems. With our multifunctional software tools, we offer suitable solutions for the diverse challenges in this field.
Based on this knowledge and the corresponding tools, we have, together with our customers and the Institute of Thermodynamics, described and analyzed various hydrogen filling station concepts using models. Figure 1 shows these concepts in simplified form. The different variants shown here - liquid (LH2) and gaseous (CGH2) hydrogen storage at the filling station, cascading buffer storage and direct compression as an operating strategy as well as variable vehicle-side compressed gas tank systems (Type III/Type IV) - have already been modeled by us.
Many of our software tools are put to good use in the simulation of hydrogen systems. For the model-based design of these systems, the exact calculation of fluid data is essential. For example, when considering hydrogen in a cryogenic state, it must be taken into account that it occurs with two different nuclear spin configurations - as ortho-hydrogen and as para-hydrogen. The differences can be seen, for example, in the specific isobaric heat capacity (see Figure 2 a). The necessary exact fluid data calculation is accomblished with our fluid property data library TILMedia 3.9.1, which is included in TIL Suite 3.9.1. Not only for hydrogen but also for a huge variety of pure fluids and fluid mixtures, TILMedia provides the efficient and robust calculation of the required thermophysical properties.
Figure 2 a) Temperature dependent specific isobaric heat capacity of para-, ortho- and normal hydrogen. b) Temperature dependent composition of equilibrium para- and ortho-hydrogen
The TIL Suite and its add-ons are continuously improved and expanded. We determine the need for new functionalities and specifications with regard to industrial applicability in the course of daily use in our research and service projects. This concerns also customer-specific developments of model libraries for the design and optimization of PEMFC and SOFC systems.
Our software DaVE is used for the comfortable evaluation and visualization of stationary and dynamic effects in complex systems. MoBA Automation allows the flexible creation and processing of extensive simulation studies and workflows. In combination with the Optimization Suite, an efficient system and component design is achieved.
Based on our expertise, we support you in the modeling and design of your hydrogen systems. Do you have specific requirements and wishes - e.g. for the development of a component and system model library, or a workflow we can realize in MoBA Automation? We will be happy to support you in this matter as well.
For further information please contact Ingo Frohböse or visit our product pages.
MoBA Automation 2.1 simplifies the parameterization of complex workflows, results are accessible more quickly. The new version offers additional use cases for test bench automation, measurement data evaluation and model regression testing.
Software for automated workflows
Our software MoBA Automation enables the automation of individual workflows for model or measurement data based development, analysis and optimization of technical systems. For example, users can automatically evaluate complex simulations or measurements, create individual automated reports and documentation (PowerPoint, PDF, etc.), or run simulations in a network. Further examples can be found on our homepage. More about MoBA Automation.
Release of version 2.1
MoBA Automation version 2.1 is available for download since December 2020. The most important new features are summarized below. We continue to work with great passion and enthusiasm on new features to improve the ergonomics of our MoBA Automation. If you have any feature requests, please contact Philipp Ebeling.
Simplified handling of complex workflows with new interface tasks
In complex workflows, many tasks typically use the same input values (for instance parameter file paths or target directories). The adjustment of parameters due to workflow changes in all individual tasks, which was necessary in the previous version, proved to be inconvenient. In addition, the output values of the workflow were only accessible via the respective tasks, which made it difficult to quickly access important results.
Figure 3: New Input and Output Interface Tasks (far left and far right) in our Dymola Simulation and Check Steady State Results workflow. Connections to and from the tasks are hidden
Via new interface tasks, input and output values can be defined globally and linked to individual tasks via connections. The connections are marked by a colored accent but remain hidden. Thus, the clarity of the graphic representations is ensured. Furthermore, the values of the interface tasks provide a filter for the inputs and outputs of the workflow. If the workflow is instantiated as part of an entire work process in a comprehensive workflow, the parameters or connectors of the interface tasks are displayed primarily.
Figure 4: The Dymola Simulation and Check Steady State Results workflow as part of a control-oriented system analysis process. When parameterizing the workflow, only the input interface inputs are now displayed, which significantly simplifies the handling of extensive workflows
Usage of MoBA Automation in test benches
In recent months, MoBA Automation has found new applications in many fields of work, not only at TLK. Especially in tests on our test benches, it increasingly takes over the complete evaluation, analysis and PDF documentation of the measurement data of a single day and relates it to the entire measurement campaign.
In a workflow with recognition of stationary states, MoBA Automation offers the possibility to validate measurement points during operation and to trigger the initiation of the next measurement point. This can save valuable test bench time.
Model regression tests for quality control
For quality control of model libraries, regression tests are available in MoBA Automation in the form of predefined workflows in a task add-on. The repeated execution of model simulations and corresponding evaluations means that errors in modifications can be quickly detected and corrected. The regression tests provide evaluations regarding the following aspects:
For further information please contact Philipp Ebeling.
Using innovative concepts we are able to perform highly dynamic control in our refrigerant compressor test benches. They are used, for example, for time-lapse tests in long-term operation.
Due to our many years of experience with refrigerant compressors, we are able to use our test benches in continuous operation for highly dynamic time-lapse tests or thermal cycling investigations. Degradation effects are evaluated online on the test bench and compared in real time with empirical values or as a software-in-the-loop model. This allows aging effects as well as damage to be detected at an early stage.
For further information please contact Norbert Stulgies.
Development Support until Series Production
Measurements and test benches for complete thermal management systems
Many do not know: Our services also include experimental support for the development of overall thermal management systems - in the area of heating and cooling of passenger compartment and battery.
We adapt our measurement concept to your task. The measurement of the individual components of the overall system represents the basis of our cooperation. The subsequent measurement and evaluation within an overall concept as well as the support up to series production builds on this. Especially actuators and sensors that communicate in the bus system can also be evaluated by us in the overall system. Only the LIN or CAN bus configuration of the target system provided by you is necessary for an integration of the components.
For further information please contact Norbert Stulgies.
In addition, we offer the following measurement options on our 820 m² test bench area. In the field of components, we perform tests on the following components, among others:
- Refrigerant compressors for R-744, R-134a, R-1234yf, R-290 and other refrigerants (performance measurement, detailed analysis, development support etc.)
- Heat exchangers refrigerant-air, refrigerant-miscellaneous fluids (performance, icing detection, de-icing strategies, de-heating etc.)
- Expansion valves
- Fans and blowers
- Refrigerant collectors (charging curves)
- Leakage measurements
- Humidifiers for fuel cells
- Materials (explosive decompression of elastomers, etc. under R-744)
- Heat pipes for heat transfer
- Thermal properties of battery modules
- Temperature control of battery modules / battery packs
- Investigation of refrigerant-oil mixtures
- Support for measurement system testing
In the field of testing complete systems, we have experience and testing capabilities for, among others:
If required, we supplement the measurements carried out with detailed and thermodynamically based post processing of the measurement data using our in-house software tools.
It is our objective to implement the requests of our customers quickly and flexibly. According to your requirements, we realize new test benches in our test laboratory, with which we investigate your problems and collect the measurement data you require.
As part of the e-Tractiv research project, TLK is expanding its CFD expertise in the area of multiphase flows. STAR-CCM+ is used to model innovative cooling systems.
In the area of field calculations, we recently started to use STAR-CCM+ in-house, to model complex multiphase flows. A special focus is set on disperse multiphase flows, as they occur in heat exchangers. By modeling the fluid flow in detail, we can improve geometries and the refrigerant distribution.
Interoperability is a very important aspect of our 3D models. Using TISC or the FMI standard, we can solve complex thermal problems by coupling 3D component simulations with 0D/1D system models. For example, we are currently working on innovative cooling concepts as part of the publicly funded project e-Tractive with our partners Siemens, Infineon and the University of Bayreuth. Together, we are researching efficient coolers for power electronics used in the operation of regional trains and are linking detailed 3D-CFD simulations with 0D/1D system models.
In the automotive sector, we recently successfully completed the SiCModul project, expanding our range of expertise in modeling and simulation of active cooling concepts for power electronics. Our central research topic of the project was the fully automated optimization of a pin-fin-geometry considering heat transfer and pressure loss of the cooling element. In this context, the TLK Optimization Suite was used to find an optimal size based on the results of a conjugate heat transfer simulation of the cooling device.
For further information please contact Björn Flieger.
We are organizing an online training course on Modelica and TIL from March 15 - 19, 2021.
More information on Training Courses.