Heavy oil and oil sand upgrading equipment are energy intensive and create greenhouse gases. ANSYS solutions in combustion, reaction, and particulate systems are used to design and optimize crackers, and distillation and hydrocracker components; they are also used for pollution control and reduction studies. ANSYS structural mechanics solutions are used for plant equipment design, including analysis of pressure vessels, vibration, and fatigue.

Contours of vapor velocity in a study using ANSYS CFD simulation software to compare different inlet feed and internal baffles to optimize coker fractionators. Courtesy of Petrobras/CENPES.