Software for heat exchanger analysis [Gulf Industry]
(Gulf Industry Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aspen Technology Inc, a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, has announced the availability of a solution that helps quick analysis of heat exchangers while offering other capabilities.
The aspenONE V8.4 software features new Activated Exchanger Design and Rating (EDR) and updates to Activated Energy and Activated Economics in Aspen HYSYS and Aspen Plus. In addition, the new software adds crude assay data and new reactor models for refinery modeling with Aspen HYSYS and expands solids models for chemicals in Aspen Plus.
First introduced in aspenONE V8 software, AspenTech's breakthrough Activation capability in Aspen Plus and Aspen HYSYS enables process engineers to do instant analysis of heat exchangers, energy, and economics without specialist knowledge of these engineering disciplines. This unified engineering environment enables engineers to work more efficiently and achieve better results within tight project timelines. The new Activation capabilities in V8.4 software include:
• Activated EDR – The new release introduces Activated EDR, an all-new Activation capability to optimise heat exchanger design and operation. From within the new Aspen Plus and Aspen HYSYS engineering environment, users can do rigorous heat exchanger design and view heat exchanger status to quickly perform revamp studies and debottlenecking.
• Activated Energy – The latest Activated Energy, which automates pinch analysis for non-experts, adds the ability to group process units in a flow diagram and optimise energy across the grouping. Activated Energy also identifies optimum design modifications for energy savings and automatically recommends lower cost utilities that are available.
• Activated Economics – Powered by AspenTech's proprietary costing engine and the process industry's only cost estimation software, Activated Economics in V8.4 adds cost overlays to process flow diagrams, annual updates for cost estimation, and enhanced features for upstream safety standards.
A screenshot relating to streamlining of the heat exchanger design
In V8.4, AspenTech continues to integrate the workflow between planning and crude evaluation and process simulation and design. By automating the import of crude data from Aspen Assay Management into Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining, AspenTech eliminates the manual process of entering hundreds of crude data points in order to accurately model a crude slate. In addition, Aspen HYSYS V8.4 adds models for Visbreaker and Delayed Coker units required for processing heavy crudes.
Building on solids modeling technology released in Aspen Plus V8, V8.4 bridges process engineering and particle science and extends solids modeling to non-experts. Using AspenTech's solids models, including two new operating units, spray dryers and fluidised bed reactors, both process engineers and particle scientists are able to build designs in parallel using a common frame of reference for faster and more efficient process design. With the latest version of Aspen Plus, AspenTech expands its lead as the only company that offers process modelling of fluids and solids in one simulator.
Jacobus Kloos, process engineer, Dow, comments: "AspenTech's new Activated Exchanger Design and Rating brings a new level of ease to trouble-shooting heat exchanger operations in processes. Activation makes any exchanger issues very apparent during the process simulation. I am confident this exciting new capability will be of immense value to my process engineering colleagues – and to me – on a day-to-day basis, helping us to operate our processes more efficiently, at lower energy cost and with greater operating reliability." Jay Gulotta, process engineer, Ambitech, says: "The new delayed coker unit adds another rigorous reactor model to the Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining reactor suite that I can easily tune and adjust to match plant data. The robust solver provides a stable model guaranteeing accurate results."
Kunle Ogunde, principal investigator, DuPont, says: "The new spray dryer and fluidised bed reactor models are very useful extensions to Aspen Plus. They allow us to simulate a wider range of processes."
Dr. Hans-Rolf Lausch, head of computer aided process engineering and automation, Evonik Industries AG, remarks: "Conceptual models are easy to use and enable Evonik's process engineers to describe solids equipment without being solids experts, allowing them to model and optimise entire processes. Our engineers in the CAPE and Automation department can work with the particle technology department to make the model more rigorous, leading to better collaboration and more efficient projects."
Manolis Kotzabasakis, executive vice president, products, AspenTech, comments: "Today, process engineering is the critical intersection of process design, cost, energy use, and safety analysis. Our products bring these factors together and make it easy for engineers to evaluate them as one. This latest release of Activation – Activated EDR, Energy, and Economics – continues our vision to bring these engineering disciplines and roles closer together to share information and improve decision making."
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