Modelling of energy materials and electrical test-fixtures: developments and Open Platform implementation linking MODAs and CHADAs

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Marzena Olszewska-Placha

QWED, Poland


Dr. Marzena Olszewska-Placha, since 2010, is Research Engineer at QWED Sp. z o.o., Polish SME, involved in electromagnetic modelling and design of microwave devices and material characterization.

She graduated from Warsaw University of Technology receiving B.Sc. in 2008, M.Sc. (honours) in 2010, and Ph.D. in 2014, in the fields of waveguide filters, double reflector antennas, and graphene-based composite absorbing panels. In the frame of collaboration between QWED and the Warsaw University of Technology, she participated in 2 research projects concerned with modelling, measurements, and applications of graphene composites and metamaterials at GHz and THz frequencies.

At QWED, she participated in ERA.NET NACOPAN, PBS NGAM, and H2020 MMAMA as well as commercial projects concerned with design of antennas and high-power microwave applicators.

Currently she is responsible for the measurements of battery materials within H2020 NanoBat. She is the reviewer for IEEE journals (IEEE Trans. MTT and IEEE JMMCT). She is author of 11 journal articles and 26 conference presentations with 173 citations, 3 monograph chapters, and one patent (on electromagnetic absorbing panel based on graphene-based composites).

In the frame of the EMMC, she is co-chair of Interoperability Focus Area and contributes to Linking and Coupling Task Group.


Modelling of energy materials and electrical test-fixtures: developments and Open Platform implementation

This talk addresses three aspects pertinent to the progress in materials modelling:  model developments, their validation against laboratory experiments, and last but not least, dissemination and popularisation via EMMC activities and open research platforms.

The EMMC assembles groups active in the developments of different material model types and even more such models are available on the European research area. Typically, each model comes with its own user interface, and in many cases the model cannot be practically used by anyone except its authors. This is especially true in the case of emerging technologies and new materials, such as energy materials, where the scientific progress in the models is much faster than computer interface developments may reasonably follow. This hinders the models’ validation, interoperability, and general use. Herein, we consider a solution alleviating some of those obstacles, while seeking a compromise between the open innovation and the commercial interest of the European software companies.

  • In the first part of this talk, we discuss our physics-based modelling approach, which originates from the electromagnetic modelling algorithms, subsequently coupled to thermal solvers and amalgamated in QuickWave software, for which industrial impacts have previously been shown.
  • In the second part, we present how our modelling helps design material test-fixtures and experiments for energy materials’ testing at GHz frequencies. We illustrate this part with selected results of dielectric resonator measurements organic semiconductors and graphene anodes.
  • In the third part, we present our Open Platform initiated in H2020 MMAMA and currently developed in the NanoBat project. The Platform is based on a common, interoperable, licence-free GUI and a built-in expandable library of User Cases. The GUI invokes licence-free solvers relevant to teaching and basic research as well as commercial solvers appropriate for larger-scale industrial applications.

With this talk, we seek collaborations on extending the Open Platform with new multiscale models and linking-coupling procedures, for which purpose a Task Group is being proposed with the EMMC Focus Areas #1 and #2.



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