Case Study

Modelling the dispersion of glasses

A1 Flue Systems

The challenge

The automation of the dispersion modelling across a range of wind speeds, directions and stability classes represents a real challenge. Flue gases react differently in built up areas and in different environmental conditions. This can result in potentially toxic gases being dragged into nearby buildings.

A1 Flue Systems has developed a wealth of expertise and knowledge which is relied upon by the industry.

Our response

The University of Nottingham is experienced in applying Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to a wide range of environmental problems, but this project presents an exciting opportunity to combine academic rigour with commercial pragmatism, taking state-of-the-art in pollution dispersion modelling and translating it into a real business environment. A1 Flue Systems appointed a Nottingham PhD graduate as their KTP Associate to support the company with their plans to increase their capabilities and market share. The aim of the three year KTP was to develop and implement an in-house capability to model the dispersion of gases extracted through flue systems.

The impact

Development of a dispersion modelling system customised for A1 that can inform the dispersion of gases and flue design of future installations. A1 Flue Systems’ director TJ Duncan-Moir said the company turned to the University of Nottingham’s KTP programme to identify very specific support, “modelling the way that gas emissions disperse from commercial chimneys is still in its infancy in our industry, but we can see that it has huge potential and is going to become an important part of the overall design and specification of flue systems, which is why we are keen to develop this within our business”.