Great things begin when great minds gather. Aiming to provide hands-on experience of the use of process and flow simulation software ASPEN -plus and Ansys CFD, a five-day workshop on Flow and Process Simulation in Process Industries (FAPSIPI -2018), 29 Oct -02 Nov 2018 was organised by the department of chemical engineering, sponsored by TEQIP -III. While the lectures were held in A-26 in the first half, the participants got to try their hands on the softwares in Computer Lab of Chemical Engineering Dept in the second half.
The five-day FAPSIPI -2018 workshop was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr. A K Singh, General Manager, PDIL Sindri. Prof U K Dey, Executive Director, Prof. S.P. Singh, Principal Education Officer Prof. Upendra Prasad, Nodal Officer Dr. Amar Prakash Sinha alongside other dignitaries after the invocation of blessings from the almighty.
The guests were welcomed by Prof. S.P. Singh, HOD, Chemical Engineering Dept. Prof. Upendra Prasad and Dr. Amar Prakash Sinha appraised the contribution of TEQIP in the development of knowledge of those in the institute. Special Guest and Executive Director Prof U K Dey stressed on the relevance of the workshop. Roopak Kishore gave the vote of thanks.
First guest speaker Dr. S. K. Bhowmick, Assistant Professor, IIT (ISM), explained the fundamental principles and system of CFD, describing the study of fluid flow which finds it’s application in the study of flow in gas turbines, vapor turbines.
Following his league, Dr. B. Sujan Kumar and Dr. Sanjay Kumar gave a practical demonstration for participants on ANSYS software.
Dr. Amit Kumar Gupta, Assistant Professor of the host department started the proceedings with the lecture on ‘Tracking of Interphase ‘ based on a fictional depiction that gives scientists a clear picture of the science of dynamics. It is used in chemical engineering, combustion physics, indigenous, chromatography, composite material, extractive catalyst etc. In addition to this, the geometrical reconstruction method for the small bund was also explained. Dr. Sanjay Kumar taught about the flow channel which is used in nanotechnology, fusion cell and battery area. Receiving information with the help of its simulation can increase the efficiency of the system.
In the second session, Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Dr. Amit Gupta, Dr. Sujan Kr, Dr. Shubhajit Patra and Dr. Raghunath manifested a unique example in Fluent Software on Single Flow Channel and Multipoint Channel.
Dr. V. Ramasagar from NIT, Warangal set the ball rolling on Day 3 of the workshop with a lecture on ‘Introductions to Process Modeling, Simulation and Optimization’. He highlighted the importance of process simulation by emphasizing on the resolution of the problems that could probably occur in the chain of processing and optimization of the model.
The next speaker, Dr. P.V. Suresh of NIT, Warangal focused on step-by-step dematerialization of CFD methodology, under which the flow-through rectangular channel illustrates the system of estimating all the dimensions of the flow between the two units in the industries. After this, experiments on nature assessments, customization of a common unit, analysis and format etc. were conducted.
Dr Abanti Sahoo, Professor, NIT Rourkela, the guest speaker of Day 4, shed light on the topic “Computational and Experimental studies on Bed dynamics and Thermal analysis of gaseous pollutants using fluidized bed reactor “. She underlined CFD simulation that offers a new approach in understanding the complexities of gas-solid phases. She laid emphasis on using red mud, a waste material of aluminium industries, and fluidised bed technology for the abatement of fluorides and other gaseous pollutants from industrial effluents.
The next lecture of the day was delivered by Dr. P. V. Suresh, Associate Professor, NIT Warangal on the topic “CFD Simulation of flow fields in PEM fuels”. He laid stress on environmental and energy issues plaguing the world and highlighted all the possible remedies through the use of fuel cells. He drew attention on the importance of PEM fuel cells as a potential substitute for stationary and automotive power applications along with the requirement of further research in the field of fuel cell technology.
The day was concluded with a lecture by Dr V. Ramsagar, Assistant Professor, NIT Warangal on the same.
Prof Vineet Kumar from ISM Dhanbad was the last guest speaker of the 5-day workshop. Focusing on computational fluid dynamics in human bodies, he highlighted the significance of cells as the building blocks of life and the application of CFD in the study of the circulatory system of the body.
The valedictory session was marked by the presence of Director, D K Singh, Prof G Kumar, Prof S P Singh, Head of Department and Prof Vineet Kumar. Prof S P Singh extended his gratitude to the director, all the speakers and delegates who had contributed to the success of the workshop.
Later, Swapnil Singh presented a brief report on the five-day workshop. Prof G Kumar was next to the dais, discussing the swirling action of air and water and difficulties in tapping that energy. He said that our entire system is a very good example of CFD – God has made everything so beautifully that everything happens naturally in a coordinated manner.
Adding further dots to the line, the Director of the institute, effusively praised the initiative of the Chemical Engineering Department. He appreciated the efforts of the newly recruited faculty members and their contribution to the department and the college. Sharing his anecdotes of witnessing international conferences held in the Chemical Engineering department as a student, he expressed his full support to such workshops or hoped that the next one would be organized on an even grander scale.
In his vote of thanks address, Dr.Arvind Singh expressed his gratitude to the director, all the eminent dignitaries and speakers, delegates, organizing committee and the coordinators for their valuable support.
The session finally ended with the distribution of certificates to all the 80 students, research scholar and delegates participating in the workshop.