March 6 - 8, 2017 | Berlin
LEADING ENGINEERING SIMULATION CONFERENCE
Phosphate fertilizer plants are installations constantly evolving which make their design a challenging task. Phosphogypsum, a by-product of the manufacture of phosphoric acid, is piled up, forming stacks which may eventually alter the process efficiency as they encroach on process cooling ponds and locally modify the airflow fields. The increase of computational power and its easier access allow to fully consider the use of CFD within tight-schedule industrial projects, even the ones involving large-scale geometry. Using the example of the revamping of a phosphate fertilizer complex, we describe how CFD can be efficiently used as a design tool. We also show how, by combining the multidisciplinary design optimization software HEEDS and the CFD code STAR-CCM+®, we can create a powerful tool allowing the project manager to provide more efficient solutions within shorter schedule.