Most processes in the petrochemical industry has the flow of fluids as an important part of the physical-chemical systems present in the refining and exploration operations. In this context, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) presents itself as a powerful tool for computational numerical analysis of various processes involved both in the offshore exploration industry, as well as in the storage and refining processes. Among the various applications we can highlight studies of multiphase flows inside pipes and equipment to evaluate the behavior and efficiency of processes, optimization and equipment designs and studies of hydrodynamic efforts in underwater structures such as risers and equipment installed on the seabed.
There are several applications of 3D computer simulations for performance gains.
Among the applications, we can highlight:
Analysis of hydrodynamic coefficients and underwater structures, for better energy efficiency.
Flow analysis of products, pumps and cavitation, to reduce losses.
Pollutant dispersion analysis, for better safety.