• Status of Computational Fluid Dynamics as a Tool for Combustion Engineering

  • Authors: Stanley Santos
  • Referee:

    Frederick Breussin


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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is now-a-days regarded as an indispensable tool for the analysis of heat and flow related problems.

In practically all branches of engineering CFD is used for product development as well as for the design and optimisation of processes and equipment. CFD provides simulations that can be used for evaluation, critical examination and optimisation during the complete design process. It is particularly suitable to simulate new, ‘thought’ processes and experiments, all at much lower costs and shorter time than is possible by conventional trial-and-error methods and laboratory or pilot experiments.

Although the use of CFD is becoming more and more popular, extreme care must be taken to assess accurately the results of the predictions.

A particular objective of TOTeM20 is to determine what developments have there been since 1998.

Here we should recall Prof. Fred Lockwood’s TOTeM12 – Application of Mathematical Modelling to Full Scale Industrial Processes – Status and need for Sub-Models – Guernsey, October 1998.

The Programmed planned for TOTeM20 is as shown below:

TOTeM 20 – Programme

8:30-9:00 Opening
Objectives of the TOTeM
Frédéric Breussin

9:00-9:30 Presentation 1:
Recent and Forthcoming Developments in CFD
Roman Weber and Marco Mancini
Presented by Roman Weber - TU Claustal

9:30-10:00 Presentation 2:
Mathematical modelling in the power industry
Sauro Pasini and Gaudenzio Mariotti.
Presented by Gaudenzio Mariotti - ENEL

10:00-10:30 Presentation 3
CFD as a tool for combustion engineering in the metals industry
Presented by Rene Hekkens - CORUS

10.30 – 11.00 Refreshment Break

11.00 - 11.30 Presentation 4:
On the predictions of Industrial Combustors by Mathematical Modelling;
A Special Application to Cement Combustion Processes.
Presented by Christine Bertrand - CINAR

11:30 - 12.00 Presentation 5:
CFD-modelling: an industrial tool in the glass melting process
Presented by Adriaan Lankhorst, TNO TPD

12.00 Poster Session including Buffet Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Forum - Discussion session

15:30 - 16:00 Conclusion and closing

This programme was followed and a strong discussion period followed.

A complete report is in preparation, which will include summaries of the presentations, copies of the actual presentations made (downloadable pdf files constructed form the PowerPoint file used, or a copy of the article on which the presentation was based), a summary of the discussion session and the Chairman's conclusions.




Delft, The Netherlands, November 2002