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Multiphysics simulation: a path to increasing efficiency and profitability in the food and beverage industry


Multiphysics simulation: a path to increasing efficiency and profitability in the food and beverage industry

In the food & beverage industry, consumers are primary influencers in the innovation process, driving the demand for new, healthy, sustainable and unique products at no additional cost. As such, manufacturers must keep up with the newest trends while adapting their enterprises to become faster and more flexible while maintaining the highest levels of quality and cost-control. Advanced simulations allow manufacturers to develop the complex products to meet new customer demands, providing them with deep insight into the product itself, as well as the most efficient way to manufacture it.

This webinar showcases several real-world applications of multiphysics simulation in the food & beverage industry—Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Discrete Element Modeling (DEM), system simulation, and advanced process modeling—for maximizing food quality, and for scaling up key processes in food processing systems.

Traditional "rules of thumb" in the food & beverage industry are no longer enough to remain competitive

The consumer products and cosmetics industries involve highly complex physico-chemical phenomena – multiphase flows, chemical reactions, heat and mass transfer. Fluid-fluid interactions play a crucial role, and flows are laminar as well as turbulent with Newtonian and highly viscous non-Newtonian fluids. Consequently, equipment and process design has traditionally been based on the application of rules of thumb and experience. However, to remain competitive in the market and consistently produce quality products with higher yield, conversion and purity, food & beverage companies are actively turning to a comprehensive digital twin.

This webinar will illustrate the vital role that multiphysics simulation plays in predicting product and process performance in the food & beverage industry.

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) optimization, system simulation, and process modeling – essential tools to guide process development, scale-up and virtual commissioning in the food & beverage

Over the course of this webinar, you will learn how multiphysics, multi-scale simulation allows food & beverage companies to:

  • derive deep insight into the complex behavior of food products as they are processed (beyond what can be measured in physical prototypes), with examples as diverse as coffee roasting, chicken freezing, spray drying, canned goods sterilization, and others
  • use simulation results to alleviate the need to build pilot scale facilities
  • derive the critical insights required when considering new types of foods/recipes, or new types of packaging, to address questions of container-filling, dosing and dispensing--including food products that are non-Newtonian (such as mayonnaise, ketchup and chocolate)
  • couple detailed CFD simulation with system simulation and mechanistic models to simulate an entire chain of processes, resulting in an integrated and holistic approach to process design, leading to faster commissioning of production lines

Application focus: optimizing the spray drying process with CFD simulation to improve product quality in the food processing industry

The webinar also features a demo of Simcenter CFD and DEM solutions applied to spray drying—a process that is very widely used in the food & beverage industry to produce powdered products. You’ll learn:

  • how CFD and DEM simulation can be used to perform "virtual piloting" to deepen the understanding of the physics in the spray dryer, and alleviate the need to build a pilot plant
  • how to set up and conduct automated design exploration studies to determine the behavior of the spray dryer due to changes in factors like feed composition, throughput, gas temperature or atomizer design, and thereby determine the optimum spray dryer configuration for a given application


Ravi Aglave, PhD, Director, Energy & Process Industries at Siemens Digital Industries Software

David Russ, PhD, Solution Consultant at Siemens Digital Industries Software