Physical Modeling

Scaled Physical Models for Testing and Evaluation of Fluid Flow Processes

Scaled physical models have been widely used for decades to evaluate design and operational issues associated with complex flow systems. When properly conducted, a physical model study is a reliable method for studying flow patterns, pressure losses, constituent transport and reaction rates, forces on structures and other phenomena of interest for a given design. The models are also very useful tools to derive modifications which lead to acceptable designs or design improvements. When scaled properly, physical models faithfully replicate the physics of the flow and accurately simulate the performance of the prototype system.

There remain several classes of flow problems that cannot be accurately modeled using a numerical modeling approach. Our expert engineers have over a century of experience choosing the correct modeling approach to reliably solve your most challenging flow problems.