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.
CFX Berlin GmbH uses virtualization technology provided by the
Distributed Systems Group, University Marburg.
- In subproject 2, managed by INP Greifswald, the magnetohydrodynamic
3D simulation of plasma burner applications will be established in the
- 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
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.