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Image of computational fluid dynamics example used by BP's oil refinery in Kwinana, Western Australia
Computational fluid dynamics has been used to improve the performance of large process oil plants

Researchers in the institute have used advanced computer modelling to improve the performance of large process plants. Working closely with BP’s oil refinery in Kwinana, the research team developed advanced models that were used to revamp the refinery systems to attain the optimal mix of steam, catalyst and hydrocarbons inside a fluid catalytic cracking unit. The changes have saved the refinery hundreds of thousands of dollars in steam usage and hydrocarbon recovery.