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Modeling of Industrial Fluidized Systems
Posted Fri January 13, 2012 @05:37PM
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Announcements CPFD Software, LLC, the creators of the Barracuda® simulation package for particle-fluid systems, today announced they will be conducting their popular training course in Europe.

The course Modeling of Industrial Fluidized Systems using CPFD Barracuda will be held January 23-27, 2012 at the offices of IFP Energies Nouvelle in Lyon, France.


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The instructor for this course is Dr. James Parker, an experienced chemical engineer with expertise in modeling a variety of fluidized systems, notably in the area of FBRs for polysilicon manufacturing. This course includes both lecture and hands-on instruction in the use of CFD for modeling a wide variety of fluidized systems. Both reacting and non-reacting examples are taught as are both gas-solid and liquid-solid modeling. Both isothermal and thermal cases are taught.

This course will be the first course taught using the upcoming Barracuda v15, soon to be released, which adds a long list of new capabilities to Barracuda. Most notable among these new features is the ability to model multi-material particles (e.g. coal) in reacting gas-solid systems, with chemistry being done at an individual particle level. These reacting multi-phase flow capabilities have never before been available in a CFD tool.

Barracuda is used by major oil & gas, chemical, petrochemical, and power equipment manufacturers for simulating, understanding, and optimizing the operation of fluidized systems. Common applications are FCC (fluidized catalytic cracking) reactors and regenerators, fluidized bed reactors (FBRs) for chemical manufacturing, CFB (circulating fluidized bed) boilers in coal-fired power plants, both coal and biomass gasifiers and chemical looping combustion (CLC) units, and fluidized bed reactors for polysilicon production (both TCS hydrogenation reactors and silicon deposition reactors).

The course syllabus is summarized:

  • Day 1
    • Introduction to particle flow modeling
    • Introduction to Barracuda grid generation
    • Introduction to the Barracuda Graphical User Interface (GUI)
    • Introduction to Barracuda post-processing
  • Day 2
    • Fluidized bed training problem set-up
    • Fluidized bed training problem analysis
    • Additional training problem setup (choice of chlorinator, cyclone, etc.) or customer-specific project training
  • Day 3
    • Training problem analysis (chlorinator, cyclone, etc.) or customer-specific project training
    • Complex problem setup (turbulent reactor with internals)
    • Complex problem analysis seminar
  • Day 4
    • Introduction to chemical reaction modeling in Barracuda
    • Carbon/steam gasification problem set-up and analysis
    • Coal gasification problem set-up and analysis
  • Day 5
    • Advanced post-processing
    • Best-practice and misc. advice
    • Customer-specific project training

“Whether from existing clients or participants attending to evaluate this technology for future deployment in their organizations, we regularly receive the highest praise from participants in our training courses,” said Scott Thibault , Vice President of Sales & Marketing at CPFD Software.

Software and computers are provided for the training and purchase of the Barracuda software is not required. Availability is very limited as most of the seats are being taken by IFP, the host for the course. Participation is subject to approval from IFP. Universities receive a 50% academic discount.

About CPFD Software
CPFD Software LLC is an Albuquerque-based company specializing in solving particle-gas and particle-liquid problems for the power, oil & gas, petrochemical, and chemical industries. Their Barracuda® software provides accurate simulations of lab-scale, pilot plant, and full-scale reacting bed flows with full thermodynamics and chemistry.

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