Understanding and controlling the flow of liquids, gasses and heat is of critical importance in the pharmaceutical, medical and biotechnology industries. Sub-optimal flows can increase the risk of quality control problems, contamination and drug delivery complications. Synergetics expert consultants use advance computer modelling tools, such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), to determine system sensitivies, optimise performance, improve clinical trial results and provide validation early in the design process, avoiding costly concerns down the line. Examples of this include:
- modelling the airflow in a surgical clean room, providing a means to visualise the flow, test the performance of design changes and understand the distribution of clean air;
- modelling and optimising ventilation to reduce the risk of indoors virus transmission;
- using CFD to optimise the design of medical drug delivery devices; and
- simulating the unsteady flow of blood through an artery, providing insight into regions at risk of medical complications.
Figure 1: CFD has a wide range of applications in pharmaceutical, medical and biotechnology fields. In this example, wall shear stress at the surface of an artery has been computed, indicating regions at increased risk of thrombosis.