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ProSim and IFP sign an agreement for the valorization of the PC-SAFT thermodynamic model

15/06/2009
ProSim, the European leading provider of simulation software for the process industries (chemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, energy…) and IFP (Institut Français du Pétrole / French Petroleum Institute) announce the signature of a partnership agreement aimed at integrating the PC-SAFT thermodynamic model in ProSim software thermodynamic component.


The IFP has recognized competencies in complex mixtures thermodynamics. It has developed and optimized a calculation code based on the SAFT (Statistical Associating Fluid Theory) equation of state, in its PC-SAFT (perturbed-chain SAFT) polar version. This version allows (among other things) a better handling of polar or oxygenated molecules interaction. ProSim will add this code in its thermophysical properties calculation server, Simulis Thermodynamics, which will make it available in all software that integrate the server and in particular in the process simulator ProSimPlus.

This partnership is in line with the innovative SME support policy that IFP has conducted for more than twenty years. Researchers of IFP will also be involved in this integration project.

"SAFT models allow a very good representation of systems which include components of different molecular size as well as association and solvatation effects such as hydrogen bonds or donor-acceptor bonds”, explains Olivier Baudouin, ProSim’s Process Manager. “However, such models are particularly difficult to implement in general software. This explains why they are not always easy to use in commercial simulators. The quality of IFP’s work in this field and the competencies of its experts will help us quickly implement this new model in our software allowing users to access the model in convenient environments”.

This PC-SAFT model is the result of several years of research by IFP’s team in collaboration with Jean-Philippe Passarello and Pascal Tobaly of the LIMHP, CNRS research unit located on the Paris 13 University campus in Villetanneuse. We are happy to distribute it with ProSim, to provide the technical and scientific community with easy access to research results and also to contribute to the development of an innovative SME” adds Jean-Charles de Hemptinne, researcher at IFP and assistant lecturer at the IFP School.


About IFP
IFP is a world-class public-sector research and training center, aimed at developing the technologies and materials of the future in fields of energy, transport and the environment. It provides public players and industry with innovative solutions for a smooth transition to the energies and materials of tomorrow – more efficient, more economical, cleaner and sustainable.
For additional information on IFP: http://www.ifp.fr

About ProSim
ProSim is an independent company, founded in 1989, with its headquarters in Labège (Toulouse – France). The company provides state of the art simulation and optimization software that allows process industries to increase their efficiency and their return on investment. ProSim solutions are designed for applications in the chemical, the refining, the gas treatment and the specialties chemical industries as well as in the pharmaceutical, the food processing and the energy industries. Its activities also comprise engineering process consulting and custom software development.

ProSim solutions are used to improve process design, increase plant efficiency and reduce their impact on environment. Thanks to long term partnerships with major research centres and to substantial investment in R&D, ProSim continuously develops innovative software and has become a recognised player on the international market.
The success of the company comes from the efficiency and the robustness of the solutions and of the calculation packages it proposes, but also from the quality of the services it provides.
The expertise and the know-how of ProSim personnel covers vast domains, including thermodynamics, physico-chemical phenomenon modeling, process simulation, energy integration, optimization techniques, numerical methods, software architecture, and GUI development.

ProSim is active in 63 countries around the world, with over 670 customers among which major actors like Axens, Air Liquide, Akzo Nobel, Alfa Laval, Arkema, Braskem, Ciba, Cognis, EDF, Linde, Praxair, Sintef, Sanofi-Aventis, Technip, Total Petrochemicals or Uhde.