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Computational Fluid Dynamics for Driving Engineering Productivity

By Hossam Metwally, Ansys Inc. |

This article provides an overview of how computational fluid dynamics (CFD) works, and what benefits it can bring to the chemical process industries Sustainability, waste reduction, energy efficiency and increased demand for engineered material are driving process engineers to continuously investigate new products and processes, and develop ways to improve process and equipment safety, efficiency and reliability. To accomplish this, engineers can leverage advanced product-development modeling tools, such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), to conduct simulations that replicate the near real-life operating conditions of a plant or mimic product performance requirements. This virtual testing requires just a fraction of the time and cost of laboratory-scale or pilot-plant testing. It also reduces the need for expensive prototypes, delivers improved product quality and helps speed products to market. CFD defined Process engineers are familiar with plant design software and general mathematical modeling tools for process optimization. CFD is a branch of engineering simulation that solves the physics of fluids with or without heat transfer, mass transfer and chemical reactions, and is used for the design and analysis of equipment…
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