September 2017

Process Optimization

Savvy separators: An introduction to CFD for separator design

Dividing wall column (DWC) technology is becoming more widely accepted throughout the process industries as a means to increase efficiency and reduce capital and energy costs.

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If you work in the field of process and separation, chances are you have come across computational fluid dynamics (CFD). CFD produces a wide range of emotions ranging from abject fear, often involving flashbacks to a long-forgotten university class and a dizzying array of partial-differential equations, to curiosity and even enthusiasm. The purpose of this work is to help you become an educated consumer of CFD. Many would start by asking: Why and when should I care about CFD? The following will provide a brief introduction to CFD, answers to some frequently asked questions, and a case study of CFD and automated design exploration being applied to a cyclone separator—all of which will be achi

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