Improve the quality of your product or process by implementing simulation studies in the design phase. Simulation tools can also make sure you comply with regulations and standards of your industry.

Simulations as a quality control tool

Design of highly efficient systems is a complex process that usually involves many hours of testing, and trial and error. In order to save both time and costs, simulations can be an important tool while designing efficiently.

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can be used to build a virtual prototype, allowing a higher degree of understanding before making, or even completely avoiding, a physical prototype.

Model of traditional design and simulation driven design

CFD applications in the food and pharma industries

The food and pharma industries are ruled by strict regulations. Hygiene and safety play a key role during manufacturing of pharmaceutical products and food processing. Companies in these sectors need to meet very special requirements to comply with national and international standards. To meet the requirements of the industry, quality of products and processes must reach the highest level.

Simulating manufacturing of products and food processing will give insights into potential problem areas, making it possible to eradicate those areas before a real-life physical process has been set up.

CFD has multiple applications in the food and pharma industries and  creates value of both products and systems. Typical application areas are:

  • Clean room
  • Hygienic design
  • Mixing tank
  • Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization
  • Heat exchanger design
  • Drying
  • Refrigeration
  • Baking
  • Pasteurization

Examples of use of CFD

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A CFD simulation of the egg disinfection process shows the distribution of steam/heat. Simulating the process makes it possible to see and address areas of concern in the design phase before the actual process is started.

A CFD simulation can optimise the design of the internals to ensure a high performance of the mixing tank. Multiphase flows and heat transfer are some of the physics which can be included in a CFD model in order to evaluate, for instance, the time required to mix a tracer in any substance until a certain level of mixing or a specific temperature is reached.