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September 2012


 
 ProSim eNews
September 2012
In this issue :
- New unit operation modules in ProSimPlus
- New ProSimPlus examples available for download from www.prosim.net
- MEMOBIOL Project
- ProSim is now in India & China
- ProSim joins two competitive clusters
- New Support website
- Software updates 
- ProSim's Alternative solutions make their way around the world

- Agenda: training & events
New unit operation modules in ProSimPlus
New modules have been added to ProSimPlus, steady-state process simulation and optimization software:

- Vapor ejector: ejectors are static devices for sucking, compressing, or blending gases, vapors, liquids and sometimes solids due to the expansion of a primary driving fluid. They can also be used for the drainage of a vessel, and in some cases, compete with mechanical vacuum pumps because of their absorption ability.
This device is fed with two fluids, a primary fluid and a secondary fluid. The secondary fluid is compressed while the enthalpy of the primary fluid decreases.
- Gas engine: a gas engine is a combustion unit of a gaseous fuel by an airstream.
The first aim of this device is to produce electricity. In addition, a hot fumes stream is created as a result of the combustion, the heat of which can be recovered by heat exchangers.

- Boiler: the boiler unit operation is a complete combustion unit of a gaseous or liquid fuel by an oxidant. The purpose of this device is to produce hot fumes to heat up a utility fluid (generally steam from liquid water).
 
New ProSimPlus examples available for download from www.prosim.net
 
Rating and cost estimation of two heat exchangers using Windows script
The main interest of this example is to illustrate how to use Windows Script directly within ProSimPlus to allow post simulation calculations as a function of the simulation results.
In this example, simulation and rating of two heat exchangers, using modules "Generalized heat exchanger" and "Heat exchanger" are carried out and then a Windows Script module is written and used to perform cost estimation of these heat exchangers.
 
Claus Process
This example corresponds to the simulation of the well-known Claus process. This process allows the recovery of elemental sulfur from acid gas containing H2S and water, and possibly hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide. The particularity of this example lies in the use of equilibrium reactors calculated by minimization of Gibbs free energy to simulate the different steps of the process.
 
Memobiol Project
Molecular Scale Modeling for Lignocellulosic Biorefineries
 
 
Lignocellulosic biomass is likely to play a major role as a substitution material in the chemicals sector. When designing new chemical products and manufacturing processes using lignocellulosic matter, chemistry needs to have access to tools capable of characterizing the molecules associated with the conversion of these bio-resources.
 
MEMOBIOL therefore aims to develop new modeling and calculation technologies capable of reconstructing the physicochemical behavior of molecules derived from lignocellulosic biomass. Unlike hydrocarbons, these molecules belong to a variety of complex oxygen compound families requiring appropriate modeling tools.
 
 
Like the refineries processing fossil resources, biorefineries also use process unit operations that succeed (or fail) because of the thermodynamics. Therefore, new green and innovative processes  to develop optimal biomass require an understanding of the thermodynamic behavior of concerned species. The thermodynamic effect of charges associated with the biomass is particularly complex because of the diversity of oxygen-containing molecules, where intra- and inter-molecular interactions make these systems highly non-ideal (in the thermodynamic sense), for example, due to the hydrogen bonding involved. The models used for hydrocarbons (commonly available in most process simulators today) fail to predict these deviations from ideality. The cutting-edge technologies resulting from the research conducted by the partners in the MEMOBIOL project will represent invaluable tools to help industry make decisions with respect to their green engineering approach.

This R & D project, supported by the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) within the framework of its program CP2D (Chemistry and Processes for Sustainable Development) should be completed by March 2013.
New versions of software issued from the project (including Simulis Thermodynamics) will allow ProSim software users to take full advantage of the industrial MEMOBIOL results.
 
 
Partners involved in the MEMOBIOL project: ProSim, IFP Energies Nouvelles, MINES Paris, ENSTA ParisTech, le Laboratoire des Sciences des Procédés et des Matériaux (CNRS - Université de Paris 13), Materials Design.
 

ProSim is now established in India & China

ProSim already has a large international clientele, including many companies in India and China. Convinced that there is no true business development of a market without any local presence, ProSim has now established themselves locally in India and China.
Since last April, Matthieu Boudet is present in India in Bangalore while Domenico de Bartolomeis is in Shanghai to represent ProSim in China.
In addition to the commercial development of these markets, the aim is to provide a local response in terms of services, as well as to establish strategic partnerships with local players.

In October, ProSim is organizing a half-day seminar to present its simulation software in parallel with the India Chem 2012 exhibition to be held in Mumbai.
In December, ProSim will host a seminar on the simulation of industrial processes in China. Location and dates to be published soon.
 
ProSim joined two competitive clusters: Axelera & Avenia
The ambition of AXELERA is to build a global industrial and scientific network that combines Chemistry and the Environment (www.axelera.org). AXELERA was established back in 2005 by 3 groups (Arkema , Rhodia member of Solvay Group and GDF-Suez), a world-class public sector research and training center (IFP Energies Nouvelles) and a government-funded research organization (CNRS). ProSim will take an active role in this cluster, as many of its themes are important to ProSim and our customers.
 
 
ProSim also joined the competitive cluster, Avenia (www.pole-avenia.com) that is active in the field of energy, which is also a strategic activity for ProSim. Preparing for the energy transition is the ambition of Avenia, which became a "competitiveness cluster" in the field of environmental technologies in May 2010. It brings together companies, research centers and training organizations, both public and private, in the fields of geosciences, energy and materials.
 
New Support website
After the release of the new ProSim website, the company launched its new Support website. The organization of the Support website is by product, where for each product, you can find examples of application, help documents...
As a customer, you can now subscribe to the RSS feed to be informed of the latest software updates directly to your computer. You can also contact the Hotline directly from the contact form. Only customers can access the Support website. If you have lost your login information, contact us.

 
 

Don't forget to add ProSim to your favorites! www.prosim.net

Access the Support from www.prosim.net 

 
Product Updates - Make sure you have the latest version!
ProSimPlus: version 3.2.7 | release date: 12 September 2012

ProSimPlus HNO3: version 3.2.7 | release date: 12 September 2012
 
Simulis Thermodynamics: version 1.4.5 | release date: 12 September 2012
 
ProPhyPlus: version 1.4.5 | release date : 12 September 2012
 
BatchReactor: version 1.3.0 | release date: 12 September 2012
 
BatchColumn: version 1.3.0 | release date: 12 September 2012
 
ProSec: version 10.0.4.0 | release date: July 5th, 2012

Customers under our MUTS (Maintenance, Update, Training and Support) services agreement can download the product updates from our support website free of charge.
ProSim's Alternative solutions make their way around the world
Many companies have recently joined the growing family of ProSim customers. Among them: Orege, Chemoprojekt Nitrogen, Haifa Chemicals, Fonroche Biogaz, Cameron Compression Systems, Wyborowa, Trax International, CEC Engineers, Crati, CMM Energy, Nerovia, Ingenieurbüro für Verfahrenstechnik, Simorep et Compagnie, VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, Petroci, Novelia Engineering...
 
It has to be noted that most of these new clients were using other software before switching to ProSim. We are also pleased to observe the spreading of our solutions and services throughout existing customers' departments and subsidiaries, with the acquisition of additional licenses or the conversion of local licenses into network licenses.
 
Furthermore, 252 universities or public research centers around the world use ProSim's software to train their engineers or work on research projects. Among the new subscribers to our academic program: Institute for Sustainable Waste Management and Technology, Czech Technical University, IRSTEA, University of Wollongong, University of Malaya, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences...
 
In total, ProSim has now over 830 customers' references in 63 countries.
To learn more...
 

Agenda
> Training Calendar
You wish to strengthen your competencies in process simulation? Every year, ProSim organizes several training sessions around its major areas of expertise. Common issues are covered and illustrated with case studies and applications with different software. It is also a great opportunity to interact informally with our experts and to explore new approaches in the chemical engineering area with ProSim's software users from other companies.
It is reminded that these scheduled sessions are included in our MUTS (Maintenance, Update, Training and Support) services agreement and can be accessed without any additional charge.
 
> Introduction to Simulis components utilization - Simulis Thermodynamics | October 16
 
> Thermodynamic approach in process simulation - Simulis Thermodynamics | October 17
 
> Steady-state processes modeling and simulation - ProSimPlus | October 18-19
 
> Simulation and optimization of power plants - Ariane | October 23
 
> CAPE-OPEN main concepts and software implementation | October 25

> Batch chemical reactors modeling and simulation - BatchReactor | 29-30 October

> Batch distillation columns modeling and simulation - BatchColumn | 05-06 November



The number of seats is limited. So don't wait to register!
2012 Training calendar ...
 

> Events
> Interoperability between software process simulation. The CAPE-OPEN standard
Lyon - 18 September 2012
ProSim (Alain Vacher) presented: "Implanting CAPE-OPEN interface in a range of process simulation software" (presentation in French).
 
> CO-Lan Annual Meeting
Lyon - 19-20 September 2012
ProSim has been awarded with the CAPE-OPEN 2011 Award for their active use of the standards and their continuous support for their missions of CO-Lan.
 
> ANNA 2012 - Presentation & Sponsor
London, Ontario - Canada 23-28 September 2012
The event is an outstanding opportunity to meet with ProSim and view a demo of ProSimPlus HNO3 with an expert.
Geneva Nitrogen will present 'The Benefits of using specific simulation software for nitric acid production'
 
> India Chem - Exhibitor | Booth C39
Mumbai - India 4-6 October 2012
In parallel to this event, ProSim is organizing a half-day seminar of its simulation process software. Click here for more details.
 
> ESAT 2012 - 2 posters
Potsdam, Germany - 6-10 October 2012
ProSim (Olivier Baudouin) will present: "Process Simulation: The Need for an Advanced Thermophysical Calculation Server" & "Exergy Analysis within Process Simulation Software to Enhance Process Energy Management"
 
> AIChE Annual Meeting  - Exhibitor | Booth 54
Pittsburgh, PA - USA from October 28th to November 2nd 2012
 
 

Come & meet us at these events. If you cannot attend the presentation, contact us to receive the presented document.
To learn more...
 
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