August 2001

Special Report: Fluid Flow

Computational fluid dynamics: a key analytical tool

The potential for process improvements using these methods is not yet fully realized

Pordal, H. S., SES-Process Technology Group

To meet 21st century challenges, the process industries are expected to integrate key technologies into their design and development processes. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is one of these notable methods. This article provides an overview of CFD methods for the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). The HPI involves a wide variety of process equipment; a process unit is required to perform a wide variety of duties. Hence, it is essential to predict unit performance under a broad range of operating conditions. The flow field involved is very complex, and conventional methods of analysis are not adequate. CFD provides a viable tool for analyzing and troubleshooting such e

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