Dr. Ken Williams, co-founder of CPFD Software stated: “We are delighted that John Favier has joined CPFD to lead the company in its next phase of growth. He has extensive experience in developing advanced engineering software and is focused on supporting customers and partners in maximizing their return on investment in simulation software.”
Dr. Favier said: “I am excited to be joining the leader in software for design and process optimization of particle fluidization systems. The Barracuda Virtual Reactor uniquely enables designers and operators of industrial fluidization units to run virtual process performance tests. The results provide key engineering and process control information for a wide range of fluidization equipment. I look forward to working with the CPFD team to support our customers in leveraging the power of Barracuda VR® to transform the engineering of their fluidization processes.”
Founded in 2006, CPFD Software has invented the only engineering simulation technology with the ability to serve as a true Virtual Reactor™ for the design optimization of industrial fluidization units used in: oil refining; coal and bio-mass power generation and gasification; petrochemical reactors, e.g., polyolefin plastics, acrylonitrile, titanium dioxide, polysilicon for photovoltaics; and for numerous clean-tech applications, such as chemical-looping and flue gas scrubbing. CPFD’s Barracuda Virtual Reactor® software can simulate complex 3D fluid-particle flows, including thermal effects and heterogeneous chemical reactions in any environment.
CPFD’s customers are using Barracuda VR® simulation to predict key process performance characteristics such as: fluidization regime; particle entrainment; mixing and segregation; location and severity of erosion; catalyst residence time; feedstock conversion; and yield. CPFD provides its Barracuda VR simulation solutions worldwide through licensing, applications support, and engineering services. Barracuda VR simulation is deployed in design and scale-up of fluidized reactors to increase production efficiency, to fix off-design performance problems, to reduce catalyst and product losses, to minimize operational risk in plant upgrades, and to reduce emissions and gas cleanup.
Barracuda Virtual Reactor is used internationally by industry leaders including GE, SABIC, Shell, BASF, Dow, Chemours, Alstom, Technip, INEOS, and B&W to increase on-stream reliability and gross margins, to reduce capital and operating costs, to support regulatory compliance, and to develop next-generation fluidization technology.
Barracuda Virtual Reactor®, Barracuda VR®, Barracuda® and CPFD® are registered trademarks of CPFD Software, LLC.