Context and challenges
This client is a leading group in the pharmaceutical industry.
The major challenge for this group is to guarantee the sterility of the medicines it manufactures. To do this, production environments and equipment must remain extremely clean, even sterile.
A highly sophisticated ventilation/extraction/air filtering system has been put in place to achieve this objective. International regulations require it to be tested through the use of fumigants after each modification of the environment or production facility.
However, these Smoke Tests require production to be stopped for sometimes quite long periods and then require a very intensive cleaning of all surfaces, or even a complete blanking of the area.
This client has mandated Assystem to conduct risk studies using its "Virtual Smoke Test" solution in order to best prepare the real smoke tests linked to the installation of a new machine and thus be "just right the first time" to shorten production stoppages.
The CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations created via the "Virtual Smoke Test" solution enable direct immersion in the virtual environment and real-time observation of aeraulic disturbances, including during an operator's movements under laminar flow.