Why choose Barr to perform CFD modeling?
Barr’s engineers deliver highly accurate models through comprehensive analysis and interdisciplinary collaboration with academic researchers as well as internal experts. For example, in using CFD to conduct hydraulic analyses, in-house water resources specialists with field and laboratory experience in a variety of focus areas frequently come together to construct models and corroborate results. In modeling tailings flows, we often work side by side with university professors to verify model accuracy.
Another benefit we offer is proficiency in four CFD software packages: OpenFOAM, ANSYS CFX, ANSYS Fluent, and FLOW-3D. That allows us to solve problems specific to a given client, industry, or geography. Expertise in OpenFOAM, in particular, is rare, and Barr is fortunate to have Dr. Christian Frias, PE, leading our CFD practice group. Chris, who is a past president of the Midwest OpenFOAM Users Group, has used the software since 2010 and has been instrumental in coordinating educational sessions and presentations at institutions like the University of Minnesota.
Chris is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ committee on two-phase flow in urban water systems, to which he contributes expertise in using CFD to simulate air and water mixtures in municipal water systems. The committee promotes collaboration between consultants, academics, and municipalities in creating practical solutions to water-system operational issues.
The following links lead to overviews of just a few of the projects involving liquids to which Barr has applied computational fluid dynamics. Contact Chris or another of Barr’s CFD experts, shown below, to find out whether this technology can help solve a challenge your organization is facing.