Grid modelling and simulation of plasma technology applications

Plasma technology (PT) is one of the most important modern technologies for applications, for example, in the semiconductor industry, light source development and welding technology, in the surface treatment of glass, plastics and metals and for high-power circuit breakers. Plasma modelling and simulation are of extreme importance for the further development of plasma technology, as the use of grid resources offers considerable potential for user-friendly fundamental research and contract research.
The main goal of the plasma technology grid (PT Grid) joint project is the widespread commercial introduction and industrial use of grid-based modelling and the simulation of plasma technology applications as a practice-oriented online consulting tool. Based on established grid services, this will allow the contractual use of grid infrastructure, through a customer-focused user interface and industry-standard security architecture for users of plasma technology models in the spheres of industry and science.
Four subprojects focus on different areas of plasma technology, as examples of industrial use.

  • Subproject 1, managed by CFX Berlin Software GmbH, comprises the simulation of welding and cutting processes with ANSYS CFX in D-Grid.

  • In subproject 2, managed by INP Greifswald, the magnetohydrodynamic 3D simulation of plasma burner applications will be established in the grid.

  • The Fraunhofer-Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films is in charge of subproject 3, which involves the PIC MC simulation of low pressure plasma discharges in coating plants.

  • Subproject 4 focuses on the self-consistent kinetic calculation of ions and neutral particle distribution functions behind a plasma surface layer and is being conducted by the Institute of theoretical Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Sciences.

In general, the subprojects consist of a plasma technology advisor, indispensable partners from the field of information technology and one or more pilot users from industry or science, with an interest in a future commercial use of the project results.  If available, plasma models provided in the customer order will be adapted to the application in the D-Grid infrastructure. The industrial usability of simulations will be ensured by different user surfaces, from the use of simple script solutions up to convenient portal solutions.

For all participants within the supplier chain of grid-based online consulting tools, a win-win situation is to be achieved through the formulation of market-oriented service provision. An objective of the PT-Grid joint project is to define and prepare the proposed business model so that while the project is still ongoing, the first step can be taken towards its implementation in the market.