Using Unified Technology to do More with Less
My vacation photos from a year ago are stuck on my camera. To share them would require the tedious task of hooking up my camera to my computer and transferring the images. Using the unified, multipurpose technology of my smart phone, I can now take better quality photos and share them instantly with friends and family.
In the same way smart phones drive efficiency in our daily lives, a powerful, multipurpose solution could open opportunities for your organization to save time and money, and expand the range of analyses you can do. All of these are especially attractive in a down market when resources and staff are leaner than ever. The disparate solutions for various engineering tasks are one barrier to achieving this level of efficiency. Many organizations may find themselves settling for separate simulation tools that require manual data transfer, wasting time and risking errors. Tools designed in-house to automate the transfer are prone to break and require resources to maintain.
The gas plant, with its many sections, has many interconnections with downstream dependencies, recycle streams, heat exchanger networks and flare systems. In every unit, simulation is needed to optimize operations or designs. Seemingly minor changes may affect another part of the plant. With a possible change in feed, engineers need to ensure that the right changes are made in order to process the varied composition or flow rate.
With a single integrated software platform, companies can effectively manage and mitigate risk, reduce operational costs, enable gas plant optimization and re-design. Even better, they can do this while simultaneously meeting safety directives and environmental standards for emissions of flared gas and wastewater. With this type of solution, engineers can provide a quick evaluation of where a constraint is violated and how to accommodate the change.
Implementing a single model allows for seamless workflows to automatically incorporate equipment sizing, costing, energy networks, and safety systems right in the process model. As a result, users can make the right decisions when changing feed conditions, compositions, capacities and aging equipment impact economic objectives.
The Newest Innovations in Aspen HYSYS®
Aspen HYSYS® is a process simulation technology that offers this integrated, single-model platform. In the past three years, many new and exciting modeling capabilities have been added, with the vision of offering a full gas plant optimization solution to the industry.
Acid Gas Removal: Acid Gas Cleaning uses rigorous rate-based calculations and specialized property packages to deliver unprecedented accuracy and predictive results. Model a large set of amine solvents (V8.3), a DEPG physical solvent (V8.6), and acid gas extraction with liquid treating (V9). Track key contaminants, sulfur species, stripping agents and heat stable salts.
Sulfur Recovery: Sulsim™ Sulfur Recovery (V9) enables users to predict sulfur emissions, maintain reliable operations, prevent disturbances and adhere to regulations. It is based on technology acquired from Sulphur Experts.
Column Analysis: Column Analysis (V9) allows you to view the whole column, identify any hydraulic issues, understand the operating range and communicate your findings. With an intuitive interface, users can see how modifications in packing and trays change the hydraulic plots and the operating range of the columns. Calculate costs as you make changes.
Safety: Aspen HYSYS provides a process safety toolkit to help complete pressure relief analysis (PRA) projects, from adding and sizing pressure relief devices (V8.3) and BLOWDOWN™ technology (V9), to designing or rating your flare network. Leverage these integrated tools, together, to complete PRA projects across the entirety of your plant or refinery.
Activated Analysis: Aspen HYSYS allows users to continuously evaluate process simulations by looking at energy (V8.0), economics (V8.0), and equipment design (V8.4) every step of the way.
Stay tuned for the next blog post on future forward technology available in Aspen HYSYS.