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Thermo-fluid system simulation

Innovate fast while ensuring efficiency and safety of your thermo-fluid systems.

Optimize the efficient of thermo-fluid systems

Simcenter enables you to optimize the efficiency of your thermo-fluid systems and ensure they always operate safely. Fluid systems play key roles in all industries. They are used for many disparate tasks ranging from cooling and heating to transport of different products, from energy production to ensuring safety of the entire plant. Optimizing their performance and making sure they can operate safely at all times is paramount.

Fluid system simulation allows you to size and balance your thermo-fluid system early in the design phase. It also allows you to model different operating conditions of your system to make sure it can always operate at maximum efficiency. The analysis of emergency and failure scenarios is critical to guarantee the safety of the system under any circumstances. You can then re-use the digital twin of the thermo-fluid system during the operation phase for real-time monitoring to maximize efficiency and safety.

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Thermo-fluid system simulation capabilities

Industrial gas systems

Establish a safe operating environment when handling gases in industrial processes. These gases may be at elevated temperatures, high flow rates, toxic or any combination of the above. The accurate and robust compressible solver handles both real and ideal gas models. Accounting for the full compressibility is the key to modeling critical phenomena like chocking and line packing. Gas properties are defined based on NIST RefProp or derived from process simulators via the CAPE-OPEN standard.

A graphical representation of Industrial gas systems.

Plant cooling systems

Protect plant cooling systems from the risk of water hammer and understand their response to changing loads and demands. Plant cooling systems can be extremely complex and vary widely in scale and design, but they are always critical to the safe and continued use of the installation they support. The accuracy of the in-built empirical data that underpins the solver ensures that systems are designed to achieve high efficiency while maintaining safety.

A graphical representation of plant cooling systems.

Plant safety systems

Ensure the safety systems of your plant will operate properly when they are needed. The fast and robust transient solver allows you to analyze the dynamic behavior of safety systems. You can compute the filling time of the empty sections of a fire protection system with the advanced priming capability. You can also model the complex transient behavior of gasses at high pressure and high Mach number in pressure relief systems with the accurate compressible solver.

Flowchart of plant safety systems.

Rankine cycle systems for power generation

Model the entire Rankine cycle, with either steam or supercritical carbon dioxide, with the advanced two-phase solver for accurate prediction of pressure drop and heat transfer in your systems. You can also explore waste heat recovery options such as the organic Rankine cycle to increase the efficiency of the overall system.

Visual representation of rankine cycle systems for power generation.

Marine ballast systems

Define optimal operation strategies for your ballast system using the fast and robust transient solver. Size the pumps and the lines to achieve the optimal time for filling and emptying the ballast tanks. For submarine ballast systems, the advanced solver allows you to account for the interactions between compressed air system and ballast water in a unique model. In this way, you can accurately model submerging and resurfacing maneuvers.

Visual representation of marine ballast systems

Distribution systems and pipelines

Ensure your distribution system can fulfill different demands and requirements in the most efficient way, whether the product is liquid or gas. The steady and transient solvers allow you to effectively size lines and components, assess different configurations, judge the impact of different insulations on the product temperature and evaluate safety critical scenarios. You can import the product physical properties from NIST RefProp or from your preferred process simulation tool with the CAPE-OPEN standard support.

Visual of Powertrain transmission system simulation.