Research and Development
Research and development is one of the core values of Stork Thermeq. Innovation in all of our expertise area’s will provide optimal solutions for our customers.
The R&D team consists of experts in the fields of fluid dynamics, combustion, production methods and materials. They combine knowledge and experience with high tech tools, hardware as well as software.
The R&D department in Hengelo has its own In-House-Test rig available for combustion tests. In this test boiler, Stork can test burners of up to 9 MW using multiple gaseous and liquid fuels combined with variable air temperatures and oxygen contents. Besides the continuous development of our products the test rig is also used for demonstration purposes and as a test bed for new technologies or fuels.
Clean Combustion Concepts
An example is of a project from our Clean Combustion Concepts program: Heavy Fuel-oil combustion in a HiTAC boiler. In this partly governmental funded project, 2 universities cooperated with Stork Thermeq and a leading oil & gas company to determine how the very clean process of High-Air-Temperature-Combustion can be extended also for heavy fuel oil. This research has demonstrated to the participants how heavy fuel oil combustion can be optimized resulting in cleaner and more efficient combustion processes.
High Performance Computing and CFD-studies
Besides testing facilities Stork Thermeq also operates its own High-Performance-Computing Cluster. This cluster enables Stork Thermeq to run advanced software solutions for boiler studies and burner optimization. This cluster was initially configured and based on a series of tests in conjunction with Dell using new Dell hardware. Later on our R&D-engineers decided to configure a 40-core cluster to run the Windows HPC Server 2008 operating system on Dell PowerEdge R610 computers. The operating system is built on the Windows Server’® 2008 64-bit operating system and includes the Microsoft message passing interface (MPI). Recently the computing power was again more than doubled and further optimized by using the Microsoft Windows Server’® 2012 64-bit operating system.
The cluster is used for Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations, highly complex mathematical models and running in-house software tools specially developed for burner and boiler optimization.
The R&D department is also involved in international research and development activities involving research projects with various universities across Europe and as an active member of multiple technology foundations such as:
European Power Plant Suppliers Association
EPPSA – www.eppsa.eu
International Flame Research Foundation
IFRF – www.ifrf.net
Dutch Gas Turbine Association
DGTA – www.dgta.nl
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Vlamonderzoek
Vlamvereniging – www.vlamvereniging.nl
R&D uses its tools and expertise in conjunction with all four Stork Thermeq product lines. You will find below different examples of the activities within the four product lines.