Spring 2016 /

Process Modelling and Optimization. 

The Process Ecology Newsletter includes updates and news relevant to the energy industry regarding regulatory updates for air emissions, technical information related to process simulation as well as case studies and best practices in process engineering.

This issue

  • Piping Networks - HYSYS options 
  • GHG Reduction Potential in Dehydration Units
  • Training, News and Events

Modeling Piping Networks: HYSYS, HYSYS Hydraulics or HYSYS Dynamics? 

Modelling Piping Networks – HYSYS, HYSYS Hydraulics or HYSYS Dynamics?

By: Francisco J. Da Silva, MSc., P.Eng.

Modelling piping networks can be a challenging engineering task and sometimes it can be a mixture of both science and art, especially because there are a large number of factors to take into account before starting to build a model. As a process simulation engineer you don’t want to build a model for an in-compressible single phase fluid in a straight pipe using a fancy multi-phase correlation, or worst case scenario, to build a highly simplified model that will give you an answer so far from the real behavior that it is useless. I don’t promise that this article will be a panacea for piping network modeling, however I intend to cover the critical steps that you, as a simulation engineer, need to go through in order to successfully model your piping network and get the best possible answer. Read more.

GHG Reduction Potential in Dehydration Units

The total opportunity for GHG reduction in dehydration facilities in Western Canada, based on low-cost methods, is estimated to be about 1.1 MT/yr. Process Ecology prepared a summary of the potential actions that operators can take and achieve these savings.  Read more.

 Training, News and Events

  • A recent technical paper titled Linking pinch analysis and bridge analysis to save energy by heat-exchanger network retrofit, was published in Applied Thermal Engineering authored by Process Ecology and partners at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. Read it.
  • Process Ecology is proud to announce the release of Co2cepts, an online software developed for COSIA to evaluate technologies for greenhouse gas emissions reductions for in-situ oil sands facilities.
  • Samaneh Hajipour, a process and research engineer at Process Ecology, will be presenting at the World Heavy Oil Congress 2016 on September 8th. Her presentation is titled  An Uncertainty Analysis Framework for SAGD Plants.
  • One of our Principals, Alberto Alva-Argaez, has joined the editorial board of a new journal, Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability,  a platform to communicate current ideas and trends in the industry of process integration research. 

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