Separation, Filtration and Distillation

Separation, filtration and distillation technologies have a broad range of applications in the material, chemical and hydrocarbon processing and allied industries. Depending on the type and purpose of the process streams being treated, there are diverse devices and process strategies that can be considered. To help design and optimize separation equipment performance and increase device reliability, engineers around the world use ANSYS engineering simulation for separation and filtration systems solutions and services are combinations of well-established software capabilities developed for design and analysis of gas separators, gas–solid, liquid–solid and liquid–liquid separations; membrane; and filtration and distillation equipment design applications.


Pressure contours on the surface of structured packing elements in a distillation column.

Distillation Flow

Pathlines, colored by pressure, illustrate the flow through the structured packing elements.

Engineering simulations supported by ANSYS engineering simulation for separation and filtration systems provide critical insight into the performance of equipment and devices, reducing physical testing and prototyping costs. As field testing is costly and often unreliable, regular operating data is difficult to achieve. Virtual prototyping with ANSYS simulation software complements and enhances the capabilities of designers, engineers and operators as they seek to optimize these treatment systems.

For example, ANSYS fluid mechanics simulation tools: CFD for separation and filtration includes modeling of transport of solid particle are used by diverse set of customers to understand and reduce erosion in solid separation and extraction devices. ANSYS structural mechanics software is widely used to design settling/storage tanks and to ensure structural integrity, fitness for service and global analysis. In filtration applications, ANSYS engineering simulation for separation and filtration systems, back by years of industry experience give engineers a clearer understanding of filtration technologies through in-depth studies of filter media, particle deposition and caking, pressure drop, throughput, back flushing, and mechanical design.

Below is a sample list of applications where ANSYS CFD for separation, filtration and distillation as well as the associate structure and thermal analysis are used in the material and chemical process industries.

  • Centrifugal filters
  • Chromatography
  • Clarifiers
  • Crystallization
  • Cyclones
  • Demisters
  • Filter media
  • Distillation trays and plates
  • Electrostatic precipitators
  • Extractors and screw-conveyors
  • Flotation
  • Hydrocyclones
  • Granular bed filters
  • Gravity separators
  • Impingement/knockout
  • Jet impactors
  • Leaching
  • Magnetic separators
  • Membrane separation
  • Packed beds
  • Pressure filters
  • Purifiers
  • Sedimentation tanks
  • Structured packing
  • Sublimation
  • Thickeners
  • Ultrafilters