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IChemE has officially announced the winners of its Global Awards for 2020. Advanced Analysis is delighted that the explosion modelling software exploCFD has been awarded the 2020 IChemE Process Safety Global Award.
exploCFD is the first dedicated hybrid code for the modelling of explosions. Advanced Analysis’s director Dr. Madhat Abdel-jawad stated “I believe this award is as much about the emerging hybrid methodology as anything else.”
Hybrid consequence analysis methods are set to revolutionise the field of explosion modelling as they are designed to be faster and much easier to use than traditional CFD. Yet they deliver results within the uncertainty of the traditional CFD itself hence far more accurate than pure analytical methods.
Hybrid methods calculate the source of the explosion using an analytical model like Prugh’s method for a BLEVE for example. The results from that analytical calculation are fed as an input to an open source CFD solver. In addition, exploCFD possesses the capability to import a plot plan or an elevation drawing and convert the pdf directly into a grid, thereby saving the engineer the huge task of modelling the geometry and making these calculations accessible cheaply and quickly.