Towards Simulation of Electrodialytic Sea Water Desalination

  • Kannan MasilamaniEmail author
  • Jens Zudrop
  • Sabine Roller
Conference paper


Electrodialyis is a process engineering technique in which electro-chemical potentials are used to separate different substances. It has been used in a couple of engineering application areas for many years already. Recently, sea water desalination by an electrodialytic process became of interest, as the concept offers a very efficient way for the generation of drink water from sea water. Although this way of drink water generation is known to be energetic efficient, the basic mechanisms in a desalination plant are not well known. In this paper we describe our approach to integrated, multiphysics simulation of such a process. We focus on the hydrodynamic part of a desalination stack and present a scalable simulation environment for mass transfer and hydrodynamics by means of a multicomponent Lattice Boltzmann method. Performance measurements on state of the art for realistic simulation setups on supercomputers are presented.


Lattice Boltzmann Method Lattice Boltzmann Model Small Problem Size Execution Unit Weak Scaling 
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This work was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) in the framework of the HPC software initiative in the project HISEEM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kannan Masilamani
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jens Zudrop
    • 2
  • Sabine Roller
    • 2
  1. 1.Siemens AG, Corporate TechnologyCT RTC ENC ENT-DEErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Simulationstechnik und wissenschaftliches RechnenUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany

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