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Thermal Processes Are Already Controlled Through Advances in Simulation CFD

March 10, 2020

Temperature inside the Equipment in a sterilization process simulation

The implementation of new technologies in the industry is continuously increasing. The transition from the classical model of industry to the Factory of the Future and Industry 4.0 is an increasingly tangible reality. Furthermore, in Galicia, where the food and canning sector is at the forefront, it is necessary to search for and implement these new technologies in order to guarantee industrial competitiveness in the face of commercial pressure from third parties.

The EMTyS project (Thermal Multiprocessing Equipment and CFD/DES Simulation) was born from this idea. The objective of this project is to create a small equipment that can carry out the most common thermal processes in the food sector, such as sterilization, cooking, defrosting, etc.; and to complement it with computer tools and new technologies, such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Discrete Event Simulation (DES) and Virtual Reality. In this way, the aim is to model these processes by computer and optimize them before taking them to an operating industrial plant, thus achieving a significant impact on the saving of raw materials and energy consumed.

The EMTyS project, financed through the Conecta Peme 2018 programme of the Galician Agency for Innovation (GAIN) and co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER), is carried out through the participation of several companies: TACORE, CITEGA, SDEA_Engineering Solutions and SOLTEC INGENIEROS, and with ANFACO-CECOPESCA as the technological centre.

Within this ambitious project, the work of SDEA_Engineering Solutions consists of the creation of a computer application that allows several iterations of different simulations of thermal processes used in the food sector using Computational Fluid Dynamics techniques.

This branch of engineering makes possible to create a 3D model of the Multiprocess Equipment with the product inside and to simulate a great variety of thermal processes using a computer by making use of a GUI (Graphic User Interface) that is easy to use. Thus, it will be possible to analyze the evolution that the products will have over time without having to waste raw material for it. Thanks to this, companies will be able to test their processing “recipes” on the computer in a simple way before testing them on the product.

Combining this with comprehensive monitoring in the simulations, areas within the equipment itself with low thermal output, or process recipes with insufficient energy optimization can be examined. This real-time monitoring in the simulations at any point of the Equipment is totally unfeasible in a real process, so this application becomes an ideal assistant for any manufacturer or process designer who wants to achieve the highest quality in their products without having to give up optimal energy efficiency in their plant.

Real time temperature and pressure evolution graphs during a simulation

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