AspenTech: Optimizing Process Manufacturing
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    • Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing

      Bruce A Finlayson

      Computers have revolutionized the way chemical engineers design and analyze processes, whether designing large units to make polyethylene or small microreactors used to detect biological agents. Nowadays, you no longer have to write your own software programs to use computers effectively. Computer programs can do the numerical calculations for you, but you’ll still need to understand how to apply these programs to specific engineering challenges and validate your solution.


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    • Refinery Engineering: Integrated Process Modeling and Optimization

      Ai-Fu Chang, Kiran Pashikanti and Y. A. Liu

      This book presents a pioneering and comprehensive guide to predictive modeling of integrated refinery reaction and fractionation systems for process optimization and production planning using Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining.

      It has received excellent reviews and strong endorsements by top industrial practitioner and academic expert in petroleum refining and process optimization:

      “In this very competitive global industry, it is critical to minimize overall operating costs while achieving the maximum possible “upgrade” for each hydrocarbon molecule (called “molecule management”). This process requires complex computer modeling to help select feedstocks and product slates and troubleshoot and optimize the performance of individual refinery processes (e.g. distillation units, fluidized catalytic cracking units). And eventually, all of these individual parts have to be pulled together to feed a linear program (LP) model capable of optimizing the overall refinery. This complex modeling is the subject of this book by Ai-Fu Chang, Kiran Pashikanti and Y. A. Liu.

      Based on my review, I believe this book provides a solid introduction to integrated refinery process modeling and optimization, using the tools and techniques currently employed in modern refineries. This book and associated coursework would be a highly desirable investment by any engineering student considering a career in petroleum refining.”

      -Steven R. Cope, ExxonMobil manager of Baytown refinery

      “This book by Professor Liu and his colleagues represents a major advance in enabling engineers who are not experts to develop and use state-of-the-art computer models for the simulation and optimization of integrated refinery reaction and fractionation processes.

      One of the strengths of the book is that it doesn’t stop with theory, or even case study examples and hands-on workshops. It covers very practical problems: how to work with real data, how to construct the right level of detail for the problem and the data available, and how to tune the model to actual plant data. Individuals who want to contribute to the development of refinery process modeling or explore new directions will find the extensive review of existing work valuable. This book will also be valuable to industrial practitioners and to academic chemical engineers by exposing them to refinery process modeling and optimization and enabling them to solve realistic problems. The book takes this work from a technology used mostly by experts to a tool that refinery engineers can use in their everyday work.”

      -Lawrence B. Evans, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, MIT; Founder, Aspen Technology, Inc.

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    • Chemical Looping Systems for Fossil Energy Conversions

      Liang-Shih Fan

      This book presents the current carbonaceous fuel conversion technologies based on chemical looping concepts in the context of traditional or conventional technologies. The key features of the chemical looping processes, their ability to generate a sequestration-ready CO2 stream, are thoroughly discussed. Chapter 2 is devoted entirely to the performance of particles in chemical looping technology and covers the subjects of solid particle design, synthesis, properties, and reactive characteristics. The looping processes can be applied for combustion and/or gasification of carbon-based material such as coal, natural gas, petroleum coke, and biomass directly or indirectly for steam, syngas, hydrogen, chemicals, electricity, and liquid fuels production. Details of the energy conversion efficiency and the economics of these looping processes for combustion and gasification applications in contrast to those of the conventional processes are given in Chapters 3, 4, and 5.Finally, Chapter 6 presents additional chemical looping applications that are potentially beneficial, including those for H2 storage and onboard H2 production, CO2 capture in combustion flue gas, power generation using fuel cell, steam-methane reforming, tar sand digestion, and chemicals and liquid fuel production

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    • Step-Growth Polymerization Process Modeling and Product Design

      Kevin Seavey, Y. A. Liu

      Understand quantitative model step-growth polymerization plans and how to predict properties of the product polymer with the essential information in Step-Growth Polymerization Process Modeling and Product Design. If you want to learn how to simulate step-growth polymerization processes using commercial software and seek an in-depth, quantitative understanding of how to develop, use, and deploy these simulations, consult this must-have guide. The book focuses on quantitative relationships between key process input variables (KPIVs) and key process output variables (KPOVs), and the integrated modeling of an entire polymer manufacturing train.

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    • Distillation Design and Control Using Aspen Simulation

      William L. Luyben

      Distillation Design and Control Using Aspen Simulation introduces the current status and future implications of this vital technology from the dual perspectives of steady-state design and dynamics. Where traditional design texts have focused mainly on the steady-state economic aspects of distillation design, William Luyben also addresses such issues as dynamic performance in the face of disturbances.

      Utilizing the commercial simulators Aspen Plus and Aspen Dynamics, the text guides future and practicing chemical engineers first in the development of optimal steady-state designs of distillation systems, and then in the development of effective control structures.

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    • Plantwide Dynamic Simulators in Chemical Processing and Control

      William L. Luyben

      This book by industry expert William Luyben illustrates the techniques and fundamentals to develop, design, and test plantwide regulatory control schemes with commercial dynamic simulation packages. Featuring large number of figures representing models of plantwides, flowsheets with controllers, responses of the systems, important parameter profiles, and also tables with stream data, the book also includes some very useful considerations concerning software, as well as a disk containing applications in HYSYS and Aspen Dynamics.

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    • Product and Process Design Principles: Synthesis, Analysis and Evaluation

      Warren D. Seider, J.D. Seader, Daniel R. Lewin

      This text and accompanying CD present the steps for designing chemical products and processes, beginning with societal needs. Emphasis is placed on quantitative problem solving, including the use of heuristics, simulation, and optimization. The latest design strategies are described, most of which have been improved significantly with the advent of computers, mathematical programming methods, and artificial intelligence.

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    • Conceptual Design of Distillation System

      Michael F. Doherty, Michael F. Malone

      This book is a pioneering effort by two of the world's top researchers. The authors have fashioned a text which develops models which are the basis for software tools for conceptual design. The book clearly addresses both analysis and design with sharp attention to supplying mathematical correctness and providing physical insight. A software supplement will accompany the text in a student version.

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    • Principles and Case Studies of Simultaneous Design

      William L. Luyben (Lehigh University, USA )

      There are many comprehensive design books, but none of them provide a significant number of detailed economic design examples of typically complex industrial processes. Most of the current design books cover a wide variety of topics associated with process design. In addition to discussing flowsheet development and equipment design, these textbooks go into a lot of detail on engineering economics and other many peripheral subjects such as written and oral skills, ethics, “green” engineering and product design. This book presents general process design principles in a concise readable form that can be easily comprehended by students and engineers when developing effective flow sheet and control structures.

      Ten detailed case studies presented illustrate an in-depth and quantitative way the application of these general principles. Detailed economic steady-state designs are developed that satisfy economic criterion such as minimize total annual cost of both capital and energy or return on incremental capital investment. Complete detailed flow sheets and Aspen Plus files are provided. Then conventional PI control structures are be developed and tested for their ability to maintain product quality during disturbances. Complete Aspen Dynamics files are be provided of the dynamic simulations.

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    • Chemical Reactor Design and Control

      William L. Luyben

      Chemical Reactor Design and Control uses process simulators like Matlab, Aspen Plus, and Aspen Dynamics to study the design of chemical reactors and their dynamic control. There are numerous books that focus on steady-state reactor design. There are no books that consider practical control systems for real industrial reactors. This unique reference addresses the simultaneous design and control of chemical reactors. After a discussion of reactor basics, it:

      • Covers three types of classical reactors: continuous stirred tank (CSTR), batch, and tubular plug flow
      • Emphasizes temperature control and the critical impact of steady-state design on the dynamics and stability of reactors
      • Covers chemical reactors and control problems in a plantwide environment
      • Incorporates numerous tables and shows step-by-step calculations with equations
      • Discusses how to use process simulators to address diverse issues and types of operations

      This is a practical reference for chemical engineering professionals in the process industries, professionals who work with chemical reactors, and students in undergraduate and graduate reactor design, process control, and plant design courses.

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    • Teach Yourself the Basics of Aspen Plus

      Ralph Schefflan

      Aspen Plus is one of the most popular process simulation software programs used industrially and academically. Though the software is available at many corporations and universities, there are no textbooks which are dedicated to teaching the step-by-step use of the software. This book is designed to fill that need. The structure of the book is unique in that it emulates a lecture /workshop classroom environment.

      Each chapter starts with the equivalent of a classroom lecture followed by workshops which provide experience in the chapter's subject matter. The enclosed CD contains solutions, both in Aspen Plus and text formats, to examples imbedded in the text as well as to all the workshops. There are also notes at the end of each chapter designed to aid readers that have difficulty with the workshops.

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    • Essentials of Chemical Reaction Engineering

      H. Scott Fogler

      Learn Chemical Reaction Engineering through Reasoning, Not Memorization

      Essentials of Chemical Reaction Engineering is a complete yet concise, modern introduction to chemical reaction engineering for undergraduate students. While the classic Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Fourth Edition, is still available, H. Scott Fogler distilled that larger text into this volume of essential topics for undergraduate students.

      Fogler’s unique way of presenting the material helps students gain a deep, intuitive understanding of the field’s essentials through reasoning, not memorization. He especially focuses on important new energy and safety issues, ranging from solar and biomass applications to the avoidance of runaway reactions.

      Thoroughly classroom tested, this text reflects feedback from hundreds of students at the University of Michigan and other leading universities. It also provides new resources to help students discover how reactors behave in diverse situations–including many realistic, interactive simulations on DVD-ROM.

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