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Faster and more effective scale-up through computer simulation

Process scale-up or scale-down is difficult and takes time. The aim of the process technologist is to obtain a well performing or representative process at larger or smaller scale within reasonable time and budget. The number of physical test installations and trial runs should be kept minimum, as very high costs are associated with it.

Our virtual piloting solution provides more flexibility for testing different designs and settings while scaling up or scaling down. Besides optimal process performance, you gain more confidence, more data and in-depth process understanding. The cost savings are significant if you can reduce real-life trialing. Our simulations reveal information about your system that couldn’t be acquired in real life.

The benefits of 'virtual piloting' on the computer

The benefits of CFD simulation in a scheme

How we facilitate your scale-up or scale-down exercise

We start by modelling the available lab- or pilot-scale system and often validate in that stage. Then we start the virtual scale-up (which we like to call 'virtual piloting'). This way, the impact of operational and reactor settings can be easily assessed, as below:

Operational settings

  • Flow rates of liquid and gas
  • Operational cycle times
  • Gas properties and bubble sizes
  • Viscosity
  • Concentrations of solutes and chemicals
  • Reaction properties
  • Temperature

Reactor settings

  • Size
  • Shape
  • Impeller type
  • Inlet, outlet configuration
  • Positioning of critical reactor parts (e.g. baffle, aerators, …)
  • ...

We started testing AM-TEAM’s recommendations right after the project. Their modelling gave us the insights we needed, to have enough confidence in a possible positive outcome of the tests.

Dr. Stefan Weijers - Waterboard De Dommel

Thanks to the cooperation with AM-Team we were able to reduce the reactor design piloting phase with at least 3 months,  saving us a lot of stainless steel construction work, a lot of trouble and a lot of money.

Ir. Kevin Van de Merlen - Pureblue

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