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CPFD Software Releases Barracuda Virtual Reactor® 17.2

June 16, 2017

CPFD Software Releases Barracuda Virtual Reactor 17.2

Albuquerque, NM – June 16, 2017 - CPFD Software, LLC is pleased to announce the release of Barracuda Virtual Reactor 17.2, engineering software for simulation and analysis of fluidized bed reactors and other gas-solid systems.

This latest release enables users to more easily simulate complex systems, and obtain insight faster than ever before.  New and exciting features include:

Increased Simulation Speeds up to 100% or More
Virtual Reactor™ now utilizes both GPU and multi-core CPU acceleration for simulations with chemical reactions.  Simulations with significant volume-average chemistry can see up to 3x speed-up over past versions.

Easier Modeling of Systems with External Heating or Cooling
Heating/cooling rate enhancements provide Virtual Reactor users with more control for calculations with external particle recirculation loops, such as catalyst coolers on FCC units.  Users can now specify heating or cooling rates with physically-reasonable bounds, enabling even more realistic simulation of heat transfer in BC Connectors by allowing heat to be added to or withdrawn from particles and fluids at a user-specified rate.

Capability to Include Effects of Cyclones Without Directly Computing Cyclone Flows
Table-based data can now be used to filter particles returning via BC Connectors based on particle properties.  This enables PSD shifts through primary and secondary dipleg returns, and enables capturing the effect of fines loss for vessels employing multi-stage cyclone systems.

With these features and other enhancements, including secondary exits from BC connectors, improved particle feeding algorithm, license usage tracking, and new Lagrangian output data variables to increase post-processing capabilities, CPFD Software continues to advance the speed, capability, and ease-of-use of Virtual Reactor. We carry on our commitment to helping engineers meet the challenges of designing, troubleshooting, and optimizing the performance of fluidized bed reactors and other industrial gas-solid systems.

Barracuda Virtual Reactor is specialized CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulation software used by leading engineering service providers, OEMs and manufacturers worldwide in oil refining, petrochemical, energy, and minerals processing industries to design, troubleshoot and optimize industrial fluidized bed reactors (FBRs) – improving profitability and competitive advantage through improved equipment performance, lower warranty risk and rework, higher yields, lower operating costs and longer up-time.

Virtual Reactor software is recognized as providing a unique capability to model industrial FBRs at full-scale, changing how fluidized bed reactors are traditionally designed and optimized. Virtual Reactor is able to handle both the scale and complexity of the internal operation of FBRs due its proprietary modeling technology that, unlike other CFD methods, can effectively simulate gas-solid systems containing any number of particles with any particle size distribution. Barracuda Virtual Reactor is computationally efficient and exploits low-cost parallel computing hardware enabling customers to deploy the software without requiring investment in expensive high-performance computing resources

About CPFD Software

CPFD Software is the leader in CFD simulation of large-scale gas-particle systems. We are highly focused on providing engineering simulation software tools and solutions to industry. Our software is designed specifically for use in engineering design and optimization of fluidized bed reactors, one of the most widely used processes in oil refining and manufacture of petrochemicals, and also in the clean energy sector in production of electricity, gas and liquid fuels from coal and biomass. The core technology has application in many other industries, helping in reduction of energy costs and emissions and improvement of process efficiency and profitability.

For more information, contact:

CPFD Software, LLC
Phone: (505) 275-3849