Notts flue firm’s pollution modelling a step closer with key appointment

Stuart McCready

A ground-breaking system that models the way that air pollution disperses from chimney systems is a step closer to being launched by A1 Flue Systems following the appointment of a specialist chemical engineer to oversee its testing.

The Nottingham-based company – which designs, manufactures, installs and provides maintenance for commercial and industrial chimney, flue and exhaust systems – recently announced the appointment of Stuart McCready to complete the final stages of development of its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) dispersion modelling system.

The system will accurately predict how exhaust gases from a building’s boiler system disperse into the atmosphere, enabling architects and construction companies to accurately assess whether new office blocks, hotels, apartments and skyscrapers will meet air quality targets – even before they are built.

A1 Flues started developing the new system based on OpenFOAM CFD – which is also used in Formula 1 racing – in 2015, and Stuart has joined the company via the University of Nottingham to complete trials ahead of it being rolled out to the construction industry.

Speaking about his appointment, Stuart said: “I’ve joined A1 Flues at a very exciting time, as a lot of progress has already been made in the development of its OpenFOAM CFD, and I’m looking forward to working on the final phase of work to trial the system and then take it to market.”