Computational Tools For Simulating Flow Processes

Basic mathematical models governing flow processes are discussed in Chapters 2 to 5. These model equations are usually partial differential equations, which need to be solved using numerical methods. Some of the relevant numerical methods are discussed in Chapters 6 and 7. It must be mentioned here that knowledge of fluid dynamics (for model development) and numerical methods to solve the model equations can be useful only if appropriate computational tools are available to apply these to solving the problem at hand. In this chapter, process of mapping model equations and numerical methods on digital computers is discussed. The tasks and desired characteristics of computational tools (programs) required for such mapping and for carrying out numerical simulations of flow processes of practical interests are also discussed. Use of these computational flow-modeling tools for reactor-engineering applications is discussed in the subsequent chapters.

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