Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) uses a numerical solution to the Navier-Stokes equations to solve for detailed flow lines, velocity gradients, pressure gradients and enthalpy throughout a complex physical system. CFD has experienced great success in heat-transfer, fluid flow, multiple phase fluid flow, fluid mixing, combustion and reactor equipment design. Until now, limited application has been made in the area of mass-transfer equipment and separation equipment design.
Input requirements for CFD analysis of mass-transfer problems along with a breakdown of problem types are identified. Based on the problem type breakdown, areas amenable to solution with the existing CFD codes and physical models are identified. Areas requiring additional physical model development are identified.
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