Cloud-based simulation of ultra-high-temperature furnaces

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Xerion is a German SME specialising in the development and production of ultra-high-temperature furnaces operating up to 3,000°C and producing new materials for the high-tech industry. Typical applications for Xerion’s furnaces are the production of advanced materials, such as boron nitride crucibles and carbon nanotubes. Xerion needs to understand how the temperature field and the flow of inert gases vary within their furnaces.

These are key performance indicators upon which customers base their buying decisions. Currently, the only way to determine these values is experimentally. This is, however, extremely difficult and costly, because of the very high temperatures involved. In this experiment, the necessary simulations will be undertaken using the open-source OpenFOAM package running on a Cloud-based HPC system. These simulations will deal with the complex interdependencies of electrical heating, heat transfer, and fluid motion.