The food industry has in its processes many operations that require energy expenditure, such as ovens in the production of cookies, biscuits and breads. Other operations require mixing processes to maintain an adequate homogeneity of their products. There are also operations that use centrifuges, transport of liquids through pipes, separators, heat exchangers, among other operations.
A sector in which energy consumption has a significant share in the production process is that of refrigerators. Cold chambers consume a lot of energy to keep temperatures under control. Therefore, having a homogeneous temperature inside is essential. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) can be used in processes in the food industry in general as well as in the design and performance evaluation of cold storage chambers.
There are several applications of 3D computer simulations for performance gains.
Among the applications, we can highlight:
Analysis of air-conditioned environments for better energy efficiency.
Analysis of product homogenization and distribution, to guarantee quality.
Analysis of thermal changes in ovens and mixers, to reduce losses.