Optimize Refinery and Chemical Plant Processes with Accurate CPFD Models
Models help operators to improve plant reliability, reduce costs, and minimize emissions.
CPFD Software is revolutionizing the design and operation of fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) units, chemical-plant fluidized reactors, power plants, gasifiers, cyclones and other fluidized systems by providing a means to “see inside” reacting fluidized systems. CPFD’s solutions are built on their Computational Particle Fluid Dynamics (CPFD®) method, which is specifically designed for modeling reacting gas-particle systems.
Plant Operators Face Challenges
Refinery and CPI plant operators face numerous challenges. Plants range in age from a few years to decades. Building new plants is difficult and expensive, so operators are looking to uprate and improve their existing plants wherever possible. Feedstock prices are volatile, so feed flexibility improves profitability. Operating cycles have been extended to 5 years or more but operators would like to extend them even further, though units can be limited by erosion and its impact on mechanical reliability. Emissions standards are increasing year-by-year and new ways of meeting these regulatory requirements cost effectively are needed.
Reactor Models Enable Solutions
CPFD has become a leader in this field by offering an enabling technology, Barracuda Virtual Reactor®, now available in a massively parallel version designed to run on low-cost GPU cards, giving every user the option of a “desk-side supercomputer.” Barracuda VR helps meet these important challenges by enabling process engineers and equipment designers to model even the most complex, 3D reacting fluidized systems accurately, predicting both the hydrodynamic behavior and the chemical kinetics. Models allow users to view their mixing, temperature distribution, conversion, oxygen usage, emissions, catalyst carryover, and more. The insights gained are helping engineers right now to optimize their processes while minimizing capital expenditures, outage time, and business risk.
By providing both detailed models and the software to run them, CPFD has become a leader in the effort to make refinery, chemical and power plant processes both greener and more profitable at the same time.
Optimizing Fluidized Reactor Processes Worldwide
CPFD Software provides models and modeling technology for the international fluidization industry across many applications with their unique Barracuda Virtual Reactor®, which can be used to optimize processes for economy, reliability, extended operating cycles, higher yields, and lower emissions. We help enable emerging processes that are critical to clean technology.
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