Today's household chemical and food industry
is characterised by exacting and highly technical methodology. Fluid
dynamics, for example, are critical in industrial-scale processes
like spreading or the production of ice-creams, mineral oils and
many other products. A high level of precision and control can mean
better and cheaper consumer products. Traditionally, large-scale
multi-phase processes such as agglomeration, fermentation and emulsification
have been a matter of trial and error.
This project developed software extending fluid dynamics methodology
to two-phase processes with a particular emphasis on liquid-liquid
(emulsification) and gas-liquid (aeration) processes.
New physical models of microscopic events such
as droplet break-up and coalescence are now being used extensively
in Europe by Brite Euram partners ICI and Unilever in the production
of personal products, food products, liquid detergents and chemicals.
The new processes are more efficient, resulting in material and
Computational Dynamics, is now marketing
the software in various industrial sectors, seeking new markets
ranging from fermentation to water treatment and oil refining.