Examples of R&D initiatives include the following:
PSRI Membership and Strategic Partnership
CPFD Software has been a member of Particulate Solid Research, Inc (PSRI) for 15 years and has actively contributed to multiple research programs over that time. CPFD is also a strategic partner of PSRI and has donated well over a million dollars toward research that directly benefits PSRI’s member companies such as BASF, BP, Chevron, Dow, ExxonMobil, Hemlock Semiconductor, Honeywell, Idemitsu Kosan, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, Lummus Technology, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66, SABIC, Shell, Syncrude Canada, Technip Stone & Webster, Total, and others.
US Department of Energy Initiatives
CPFD has partnered with multiple companies and US National Laboratories for R&D sponsored by the US Department of energy. Examples include a project entitled “Enhanced Productivity of Chemical Processes using Dense Fluidized Beds (with Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, CPFD Software and Sandia National Laboratories), and various collaborative tasks with the National Energy Technology Laboratory for research involving chemical looping combustion, carbon capture technology, etc. Additionally, the C3M chemistry management software, developed by the NETL Multiphase Flow Science group, includes direct links to Barracuda Virtual Reactor.
Barracuda Virtual Reactor is fully parallelized on NVIDIA GPUs resulting in speed-ups of 100 times or more compared to serial execution for some projects. The ongoing collaboration between CPFD and NVIDIA ensures CPFD’s clients can take advantage of the latest GPU technology to larger and faster simulations than were ever possible.
We work with many academic institutions to research new models and methodologies. Some are eventually included in a formal Barracuda Virtual Reactor release benefiting all software clients. Examples include neural-network-based filtered drag models developed by Princeton University, EMMS drag approaches developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a joint effort between the University of Utah and Reaction Engineering International related to reduced chemical mechanisms for combustion modeling.