Best practice guidelines in numerical simulations and CFD benchmarking for hydrogen safety applications

I.C. Tolias, S.G. Giannissi, A.G. Venetsanos, James Keenan, Volodymyr Shentsov, DV Makarov, A Kotchurko, Ke Ren, Simon Coldrick, Olaf Jedicke, Daniele Melideo, Daniele Baraldi, Shane Slater, A Duclos, Franck Verbecke, Vladimir Molkov

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

58 Citations (Scopus)
424 Downloads (Pure)


Correct use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools is essential in order to have confidence in the results. A comprehensive set of Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) in numerical simulations for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen applications has been one of the main outputs of the SUSANA project. These BPG focus on the practical needs of engineers in consultancies and industry undertaking CFD simulations or evaluating CFD simulation results in support of hazard/risk assessments of hydrogen facilities, as well as on the needs of regulatory authorities. This contribution presents a summary of the BPG document. All crucial aspects of numerical simulations are addressed, such as selection of the physical models, domain design, meshing, boundary conditions and selection of numerical parameters. BPG covers all hydrogen safety relative phenomena, i.e. release and dispersion, ignition, jet fire, deflagration and detonation. A series of CFD benchmarking exercises are also presented serving as examples of appropriate modelling strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Early online date20 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished online - 20 Jul 2018


  • Best Practice Guidelines
  • CFD simulation
  • Benchmark exercise
  • Hydrogen safety
  • Susana project


Dive into the research topics of 'Best practice guidelines in numerical simulations and CFD benchmarking for hydrogen safety applications'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this