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Simulation Spreads its wings

By Joy LePree |

  Because the benefits are many, roles for simulation software tools exist from planning and design of facilities through operations and everything in between. And thanks to enhancements, it’s becoming easier to use simulation alongside other software packages, while niche simulation tools are making complex processes easier and less expensive to implement. In general, process simulation software lets users solve problems faster than would be possible by hand. “There are many problems that are not feasible or even possible to solve by hand without these tools,” notes David Hill, manager of technical support with Chemstations (Houston). “For example, rigorous distillation-column modeling could take months without these tools because there’s so much math involved. For this reason, the biggest benefit process simulation brings to the table is time savings. Hundreds of man hours could be spent using paper and pencil or trying to make a large calculator for process engineers to use.” And, this time-saving potential leads to lower costs when using simulation to design a facility or process or manage functions beyond design, says Peter Henderson, UniSim product manager with Honeywell (Morristown,…
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