October 2003

Special Report: Improving Process Control

Consider dynamic simulation tools when planning new plant startup

Simulation-based operator training uncovers potential process and operational problems before feed enters the unit

Lauritsen, M., AspenTech; Persad, W., Rutherford, P., BP Chemicals

An Operator Training System (OTS) is often a "point-solution," turnkey line item in projects. These systems are often developed with niche software, only suitable for use by OTS provider personnel. Commercial dynamic simulation software has evolved. Consequently, the capability to model complex processes dynamically with engineering-grade commercial simulation software is transforming expectations from an OTS investment. A recent BP Chemicals project demonstrates how a rigorous dynamic process simulation-based OTS can support many tasks before plant startup, and support processing improvements after commissioning. Development and study of dynamic models can: Enable rigorous underst

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