Understanding and PredictingHydrogen Combustion

Monday, 18th December 2023 – Wednesday, 20th December 2023

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

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.

The contents of the program are given below:

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.



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.



20/12/2023 - Day 3: Understanding and predicting hydrogen flames

This 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 along with the use of machine learning algorithms for feature extraction, empirical low dimensional manifold identification, classification, regression, and reduced-order modelling.




P​rogramme will be available soon


  • ERCOFTAC members - €TBC
  • Non-ERCOFTAC members - €TBC
  • ERCOFTAC student fees - €TBC
  • Non-ERCOFTAC students - €TBC

    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.


    • 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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