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Modeling and simulation

Industrial modeling and simulation services

Modeling and simulation allow us to visualize and experiment the behavior of a process or system. The objective of this process is to improve and optimize its operation thanks to the results obtained.
Modeling involves a mathematical representation of reality that allows us to understand how it works. Simulation, on the other hand, consists of the construction of these computer models that describe the essential part of the behavior over time of the process or system of interest.
The combination of both - modeling and computational simulation - allows us to speed up decision making. In this way, decisions can be made more quickly and economically compared to real experimental processes. In addition, it reduces the risk to operators, and reduces the environmental impact.
Nowadays, the exercise of modeling and simulation is related to the creation of a digital twin of a certain process or system.

Modeling and Simulation in ProCycla (MoDSim)

ProCycla's modeling and simulation area (MoDSim) is formed by a team of engineers with extensive experience in the sector. The team is oriented to solve the current challenges that industries present, especially considering aspects of environmental sustainability and circular economy in its industrial process chain.

To this end, MoDSim's service offers to apply computational tools to enable the virtual development and creation of digital twins of the systems to be studied in question. Mainly, they are focused on those that involve optimizing energy and biological processes, such as anaerobic digestion plants and biogas generation.

We guide and advise companies in their R+D+i research lines and processes, in terms of design, optimization of prototypes. Also in the implementation of mathematical models, according to the needs and requirements of each client.

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MoDSim Area in Anaerobic Digestion

ProCycla has extensive experience in modeling and simulation of processes involving anaerobic digestion and biogas generation. Some of the solutions that are part of our consulting services are:

Prediction
The operation of anaerobic digesters requires continuous control of their internal biological processes, and biogas production is sensitive to small changes in their parameters or alterations of the substrates to be treated.

Estimating and predicting the biological behavior of these reactors allows optimizing their operation and maintenance, as well as saving costs, under different types of conditions.

Diagnosis
Each biogas plant is different, and the control and monitoring of its parameters is variable in each case. In addition, microbial activity and other compounds generated during anaerobic digestion processes are other variables that are generally not controlled.

In this sense, we generate adequate models to know and simulate the plant as a whole, and thus be able to have a faster response to possible cases of inhibition, accumulation, generation of foams, crusts, or other unwanted compounds.

Operator training
The personnel in charge of operating biogas plants should have a broad and sufficient knowledge of the particularities of their biological and microbial activity.

To this end, the use of mathematical models linked to simulators would make it possible to adequately educate and train employees willing to start a professional development in this type of plant. This would imply reducing risks, as well as speeding up the training and knowledge process for personnel.

Experimental design
Many times, when designing an experimentation plan, it is difficult to estimate and calculate aspects such as the number of tests, repetitions, equipment sizing, methods, operating conditions, etc. This fact forces to develop long duration plans, besides resulting in a great economic cost.

The application of mathematical models allows us to evaluate these tests and experiments virtually, and thus to have greater clarity in the results they offer, being able to optimize the experimental design to be projected.

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