CH5530 – Process Simulation Lab


CH5530 – Process Simulation Lab


Course Content:

  • The objective of the lab is to introduce students to solving process simulation problems using MATLAB and Aspen-Plus. A basic background in Numerical Methods and Chemical Engineering is expected, though all the key concepts required for the lab will be reviewed during the course of the semester.
  • The first part of this course will focus on MATLAB, which is a powerful language for engineering applications. Starting with basics of MATLAB, we will review key computational techniques relevant to MATLAB functions and use them for simulation and analysis.
  • The second part will cover process simulation using the Aspen-Plus package, which is an industry standard for process simulations. This involves introducing key features of Aspen-Plus package, including property estimation, flow-sheeting, and process design.
  • Truncated Taylor’s series & errors. Numerical differentiation and integration. ODE-IVP: Understanding Runge-Kutta Method. RK Method in Multiple Variables. ODE-IVP: Solving and Application to Transient System Reactor simulations. Linear Algebra and Linear System Analysis. Eigen vectors, directionality, linear stability. Linear / Nonlinear Equations. Nonlinear equations in multiple variables. Non-linear analysis. Simulation of non-linear systems. Regression and parameter estimation. Reaction kinetics, physical property estimation.
  • Introduction to Aspen Plus. Simulation of individual equipments. Simulation of flow sheet. Design specification and sensitivity analysis. Equation oriented approach. Unsteady state simulation. Aspen properties. Fortran in aspen plus.

Textbook(s)

  1. Fausett L.V. (2007) Applied Numerical Analysis Using MATLAB, 2nd, Pearson Education
  2. Chapra S.C. and Canale R.P. (2006) Numerical Methods for Engineers, 5th , McGraw Hill
  3. Schefflan R. (2011), Teach Yourself the Basics of Aspen Plus, John Wiley and Sons
  4. Finlayson B. A. (2006) Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing, John Wiley and Sons