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CFD Simulation for industrial processes

The Modeling and Simulation (ModSim) division of ProCycla is dedicated to promoting the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) as a tool for designing and optimizing industrial processes that involve fluid usage.

Computational Fluid Dynamics involves the use of computers and numerical techniques to solve physical problems related to the movement of fluids. This technique also covers other associated phenomena, including heat transfer, chemical reactions, and the movement of solids.

At ProCycla, we utilize CFD to help optimize various processes, resulting in improved efficiency and sustainability for our clients.

Sample of an aeration system in an open tank with water. Made with OpenFoam and visualized in Paraview.



Sample of an aeration system in an open tank with water. Made with OpenFoam and visualized in Paraview.

By building a digital twin, we can help you select the best reactor geometry or process operating conditions.

We offer flexibility in the use of software, being able to use either commercial programs such as Ansys, Inc or open access programs such as OpenFoam to perform the simulations and solve the mathematical equations that express the laws that govern fluids.

What types of systems can we represent with CFD?

Fluid dynamic modeling (CFD) involves solving the equations that govern the transport of motion, mass and energy of a fluid, considering its variations in time and space.

Therefore, CFD-based virtual prototypes are the models that allow the most realistic representation of fluid dynamic phenomena, enabling the study of a wide variety of industrial processes, including:

  • Single-phase and multiphase systems
  • Systems with Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids
  • Systems with mechanical and pneumatic mixing
  • Systems with laminar, transitional and turbulent flow regimes

What characteristics of a system can we study with CFD?


Emptying of water in a closed tank. Simulation performed with OpenFoam and visualized in Paraview.

Virtual prototyping can be used to study key features to optimize the efficiency and performance of industrial processes, such as:

  • flow patterns,
  • occurrence and distribution of dead volumes,
  • vortex formation,
  • residence time distribution,
  • component concentration profiles,
  • temperature profiles, etc.

Unlike other types of models, digital twins have the advantage of allowing to characterize the mentioned variables both in space and time, achieving a complete understanding of the process.

Advantages of CFD Techniques

The use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques offers many advantages. It provides valuable information on each variable of industrial flows, reducing costs associated with experimentation and new designs.

CFD makes it possible to analyze systems or conditions that are difficult to reproduce experimentally without affecting the process development, such as extreme temperatures or relative movements. However, having a qualified professional to run programs and define models is essential.

Moreover, CFD techniques help to reduce the carbon footprint generated by any industrial process.

Trust the experts at ProCycla to apply CFD techniques to your industrial processes and reduce costs while mitigating environmental impacts.

Contact us today to learn more.