The Integrated Circuit (IC) will be a single component containing all of the “pipingwork” of the chemical process. Its main function is to transfer fluids from one unit-process to another, and transfer heat to other fluids or to the surroundings (cooling). It is the component that connects all unit processes and therefore forms the “backbone” of the plant.
Process modeling (calculate stuff)
- Design sizing of all channels
- Heat simulation/modeling
Component design (draw stuff)
- 2D CAD / parametric modelling
- It might be possible to create a parametric model based on the PFD & the thermal model that generates a 2D circuit. 2D CAD models can also be used for CFD simulations.
- Very dependent on manufacturing methods: Talk to suppliers / manufacturers / Industrial design experts
- 3D CAD models should be used to verify FEM models for pressure & temperature
Experimenting / Testing (build stuff)
- Spotwelding tests
- Circuit lasercutting / waterjetcutting
- Use a pressure-cleaner to create >100 bar water pressure to avoid unsafe situations in case of failure.
Process & Energy Engineering
COCO Simulator / Aspen
Fusion 360 / Solid Works