Ansys today (August 1) revealed its simulation tools will be used in the five-year University of Central Florida (UCF) study to analyse, test and qualify the use of ammonia as an alternative fuel to power zero-carbon jet engines.

The firm says the goal of the project is to use ammonia as a main hydrogen carrier by including chemical catalysis to leverage ammonia’s hydrogen component while only releasing ‘safe’ emissions.

H2 View understands Ansys Chemkin-Pro and Ansys Fluent researchers will simulate chemical reaction systems surrounding ammonia, including its vaporisation inside heat exchange tubes, heat transfer, and the combustion of ammonia and hydrogen in the air.

The UCF-led study has been by a $10m NASA University Leadership Initiative grant, which hopes to accelerate sustainability in aviation.

According to the researchers, ammonia is naturally liquid at high altitudes, therefore making it easier to handle than hydrogen, not requiring additional storage.

Jay Kapat, lead investigator of the project and Engineering Professor at UFC, said, “We want to create a scalable solution for cleaner aviation and with Ansys’ cooperation we will get there faster. We would not be able to authenticate the use of liquid ammonia as a reliable and alternate fuel without the sophistication and capability of Ansys’ fluids simulation tools.”

Prith Banerjee, Chief Technical Officer at Ansys, added, “Simulation is reshaping a cleaner future in many industries, and we applaud its continued impact on aviation with this exciting new project made possible by UCF and NASA.

“Simulation enables companies to save resources, energy and emissions before products are ever built; and build more energy-efficient products and processes that have far-reaching sustainability impacts.

“We look forward to playing a role in developing groundbreaking sustainable aviation fuel options.”


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