Internship | CFD modelling and simulation

CFD modelling and analysis of activated carbon beds for removal of impurities from CO2 capture solvents.



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Carbon capture is the process of capturing waste CO2 from industrial point sources like power plants. CO2 can be separated from flue gases of point sources with absorption technology. Various solvents can be used for absorption including amines. Over time these solvents are observed to degrade thereby resulting in solvent loss and economic impact on the process. The degradation occurs in the presence of O2, CO2, NOx and SOx species. It has been observed that the degradation accelerates in the presence of metals like iron.

One solution being considered to control solvent degradation is removal of metals in an adsorption bed. The adsorption is carried out in an activated carbon bed. Various types of activated carbon can be used for this purpose. The adsorption of metals is affected by the contact time of the solvent with the carbon, adsorption kinetics, particle size, temperature, kinetics etc.

The objective of this internship is to model and simulate the operation of an activated carbon bed using a CFD software package like Ansys Fluent or COMSOL.

What do we require of you?

The focus of the project will be on determining the effect of the flow pattern, contact time and particle characteristics on metal removal. In addition investigation into different types of adsorbents will also be carried out. Students with interest in CFD with a process engineering background are preferred for this project.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organization that connects people and knowledge to create innovations to boost the competitive strength of industry and well-being of society in a sustainable way. The 3,200 professionals that work at TNO and are divided over nine domains. The Energy Transition domain consists of multiple units, from which one is the Sustainable Process & Energy Systems (SPES) department, located in Delft.

Within the SPES department we conduct research towards gas treatment, energy storage, electrochemistry, plastics recycling and more. Currently there is an opportunity for an for internships within the gas treatment group focused on CFD. This internship is also suited for international students. The duration of the internship will be five months (if possible).

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; an internship gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your internship and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable internship compensation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Contact: Tanya Srivastava
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Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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