Important industrial applications for the simulation of the combustion process include the design of:
burners in steel, ceramic, and glass-making processes
combustion chambers for industrial power plants and gas turbines
cement kiln burners
waste gas burning in oil refineries plants.
The code needs to support detailed modelling of chemical reactions with turbulence to handle the non-linear effects of turbulent fluctuations on chemical kinetics. Parallel HPC platforms are required to provide the necessary computing power needed for detailed and complex simulation models. Portability to a variety of platforms will be ensured by using FORTRAN along with message passing standards, and will be demonstrated by targeting two systems (Meiko CS-2 and IBM SP-1/workstation cluster) during the project.
Two existing sequential codes, providing very accurate modelling of chemical reaction kinetics and turbulent flow, provide the baseline for the project. As well as porting to parallel machines, functionalities will be improved in several areas:
Comparison with experiments will test predictive capabilities.
It is intended that the code will be marketed commercially from the end of the project, and care will be taken to ensure that all requirements for such exploitation are met during the project. The project goal will be to create a reliable, predictive tool that allows industrial users to reduce cost and time of design, time-to-market and production costs for new or improved products using turbulent combustion.
BS12 4SD Almondsbury
SO16 7NP Southampton