Mine Simulation and Modelling - Seeing is understanding

Modelling is the basis of our designs, examining complex mine ventilation systems, analysing and quantifying potential energy savings, and solving fluid flow and contaminant concerns.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

The BBE Group offers specialist Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) services to assist our clients in examining complex mine ventilation systems, analysing and quantifying potential energy savings, and solving fluid flow engineering problems.

BBE routinely applies steady-state and transient CFD analysis to optimise the design of ventilation infrastructure, minimising energy loss and ensuring conveyance stability. Work done in this area has included headgear flow optimisation, shaft bunton-section optimisation, fan drift aerodynamics studies, bulk air cooler turning vane design, fan inlet guide vane aerodynamic design and rope-guided hoisting shaft analysis.

CFD is also applied to provide greater insight into the dispersion and transportation of airborne pollutants (gases and dust) within the mine and at surface discharge, e.g. smoke surface dispersion from an upcast shaft and water entrainment in shafts to determine the forming of ‘water-blankets’.

BBE computational fluid dynamics quantitative predictions of fluid-flow phenomena in mining environments

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