Particulate Systems

Process industry companies, including metal and mining organizations, are driving energy reduction, sustainability and corporate profitability through innovation. Particulate systems are found in many applications involving physical and/or chemical transformations. Therefore, it is becoming more critical to understand how particles are produced and transported as well as how they move and interact with surrounding flows and equipment.

Numerical models of particulate systems have become an important tool in the design, operation and performance optimization of equipment and processes involving solid particles. Until recently, these applications required the construction and testing of physical prototypes — a difficult, expensive and time-consuming process.

Particulate Systems

Valve in a pipe with particles being carried by the flow.

Today, ANSYS engineering simulation for particulate systems help support enhancements to how equipment and processes are designed and optimized by enabling process engineers to model a range of systems, including gas-solid systems, fluid–solid systems and solid handling equipment. The technology has the power to create multiphysics, multi-component, multi-scale simulations that address a wide range of industrial engineering challenges.

Engineers can use ANSYS CFD modeling of particulate system, FEA for bulk particle handling equipment, to find engineering solutions for a range of applications from dilute to dense flows, including applications involving frictional flows, as well as matrix materials such as filled fibers, filled polymers and building materials. The engineering simulation for particulate systems technology covers both solid particles as well as droplets and bubbles.

Using a variety of advanced modeling techniques to study both continuous and particulate phases, software from ANSYS CFD for particulate systems and FEA for bulk particle handling equipment can reveal such critical information as

  • Particle flows
  • Particle size distribution
  • Particle mechanics
  • Surface and morphology
  • Particle–particle interaction
  • Turbulence and dispersion
  • Geometry effects
  • Erosion
  • Material wear
  • Particle attrition
  • Homogeneous and hydrogenous reactions
  • Cohesion
  • Electrostatic effects