Blasch was introduced to HPCNY through RPI’s Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES), one of New York State’s Energy Centers for Advanced Technology (Energy CAT). CFES promotes research to accelerate the development of efficient and renewable energy technologies. Recognizing the potential efficiency and environmental gains of bringing chemical and computational engineering expertise to bear on this challenge, CFES brought Blasch together with faculty from RPI’s Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and researchers from HPCNY.
With additional support from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, a project was developed that centered around multi-physics simulation conducted on a high performance computing cluster at the Center for Computational Innovations (CCI) at RPI, but also contained elements of classroom activities within an advanced chemical reactor design class and an independent undergraduate research program.
The project’s ultimate objective is to develop a reliable modeling and simulation process to predict the impact of particular VectorWall™ configurations on particular SRU furnaces. With a large variety of existing furnaces available to retrofit, as well as new furnaces being designed, a feasible simulation method must be able to account for process differences in a short time frame.
“Working together with Rensselaer and with customer-driven input, this project should produce excellent and meaningful data that will predict positive changes in vessel performance, theoretically saving our customers hundreds of thousands of dollars in operating costs annually, while greatly reducing or eliminating multi-million dollars of capital investment in new capacity”
—Dave Bobrek, CEO of Blasch Precision Ceramics