Understanding and PredictingHydrogen Combustion

18th – 20th December 2023

Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, BSC Auditorium (S1-2-1)
Plaça Eusebi Güell, 1-3, 08034 Barcelona, Spain

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Current EU decarbonization strategies are promoting the use of green hydrogen across different sectors from energy power and power generation to transportation i.e., automotive, marine and aerospace. In these applications, the hydrogen is converted directly into electricity by using fuel cells or heat by combustion.

In the Center of Excellence in Combustion (CoEC), new methodologies for the efficient simulation of these technologoes in the future Exascale systems are developed and applied to some fundamental challenges in these sectors.

Within this frame, this training course is bringing together a set of experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the utilization of hydrogen and provide the attendees with some fundamental understanding of the physics and methodologies that can be used to simulate hydrogen flames in practical applications.

The course is divided into three main parts:

  1. Description of the context from production, and storage to utilization.
  2. Theory and fundamentals of H2 combustion.
  3. Numerical methods and tools for post-processing and analysis.

This training is split into 3 days from Monday to Wednesday and is hosted at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), which is a national research facility managing the supercomputer MareNostrum 4.

During these days, discussions on the use of hydrogen to assist in the decarbonization strategies of the EU for different sectors will be discussed across the three days along with lectures describing the modelling and simulation requirements of different application.



  • ERCOFTAC members - €120.00
  • Non-ERCOFTAC members - €150.00
  • ERCOFTAC student fees - €80.00
  • Non-ERCOFTAC students - €100.00

    The registration fee will include lunch, coffee and tea over the 3-day meeting. Please note, course fees do not include accommodation.

    Due to the structure of the training which includes apart from lectures also the open sessions and hands on activities we can only offer possibility to attend in person.




    18/12/2023 – Day 1: Role of Hydrogen in the Energy and Transportation Green Transition

    This session introduces the context and market opportunities of hydrogen across different sectors from production to utilization. External speakers from industry and academia will give lectures on the application of hydrogen for power generation and transportation.

    09:00 – 09:15


    0​9:15 – 10:15

    10:15 – 11:15

    11:15 – 11:45


    11:45 – 12:30

    12:30 – 13:15

    13:15 – 14:45

    14:45 – 15:30

    15:30 – 16:15

    16:15 – 17:00

    17:00 – 17:15

    Welcome and introduction

    Part I: The Hydrogen Economy: A Background

    The Role of Hydrogen in a Sustainable Energy System
    Albert Tarancon (IREC)

    Fuel Cells and Their Applications
    Maria Serra (CSIC-UPC)

    Coffee break

    Part II: Utilization of Hydrogen by Industrial Sector

    Challenges and Current Developments for Hydrogen Ground Mobility
    Olivier Laget (IFPEN)

    Hydrogen-powered Aircraft - Introduction to the Main Challenges
    Anais Marie Gay (Airbus)


    Challenges for Ammonia Engines
    Christine Rouselle (University of Orléans)

    Clean Hydrogen Power Generation in Gas Turbines
    Lukasz Panek (Siemens AG)

    Potentials and Challenges of Hydrogen to Decarbonize the Steel Sector
    Sébastien Caillat (Fives Stein)

    Conclusions and Outlook




    19/12/2023 – Day 2: From Theory to Simulation of Hydrogen Flames

    This session introduces the fundamentals of hydrogen combustion from theory to simulations using high-fidelity methods. It includes lectures and hands on activities where the students can utilize the physical models and numerical methods described in the lectures.

    09:30 - 11:00

    Theory and Fundamentals of H2 Combustion I
    Prof. Heinz Pitsch (RWTH Aachen University)

    11:00 - 11:30

    Coffee break

    11:30 - 13:00

    Theory and Fundamentals of H2 Combustion II
    Prof. Thierry Poinsot (IMFT)

    13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch break

    14:30 - 16:00

    Numerical Methods for Turbulent Reactive Flows
    Prof. Ananias Tomboulides (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
    Dr Daniel Mira (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)

    16:0 - 17:30

    Hands-on Exercises I

    This hands-on session is focused on the computation and characterization of hydrogen flames using the Cantera software. The effects of chemistry and transport will be discussed in the context of 1D flames with emphasis on the chemistry description and the flame structure.




    20/12/2023 - Day 3: Understanding and Predicting Hydrogen Flames

    9:30 - 11:00

    Hands-on Exercises II

    This hands-on session is focused on the study of numerical methods applied to the solution of reactive flow simulations. The students will have the opportunity to select different numerical methods and explore their influence on the accuracy and cost of the simulations in the context of hydrogen flames. Laminar flames and weakly turbulent flames will be used as examples.

    11:00 - 11:30

    Coffee break

    11:30 - 13:00

    Data-driven Analysis of Turbulent Reactive Flows
    Prof. Alessandro Parente (Université libre de Bruxelles)
    Alberto Procacci (Université libre de Bruxelles)

    13:00 - 14:30

    Lunch break

    14:30 - 17:30

    Hands-on Exercises III

    The last hands-on session is focused on the study of the methodologies used for the analysis of massive databases. These methodologies are a common feature to be able to automatically extract non-linear dependency among the quantities of interest. The students will have the possibility to learn more about the structure of data-driven algorithms, explore the effects of tuning parameters on the models extracted and their accuracy. Laminar flames and weakly turbulent flames will be used as examples.

    F​ull Programme can be downloaded here






    • Residencia Universitaria Torre Girona (next to the BSC)
      Psg. Dels Til.lers, 19; 08034-Barcelona
      Tel. +34 93 390 43 00
      Email: torregirona@resa.es
      Double for single use: aprox. 78-88 €
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