A new era in Plant Digitalization

Today’s society is growing and learning in a new era, the age of computing. At the same time, year after year, new generations of central processing units (CPUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs) are coming onto the market, all linked to different machine learning (ML) algorithms that are gradually being integrated into society. Most of the algorithms in use today were created decades ago.

Dynamic simulation tools for isotopic separation system modeling and design

Cryogenic distillation is the best candidate for hydrogen isotopic separation in fusion power plants. The design of the ITER’s Isotope Separation System can still undergo major changes due to its close contact with the Water Detritiation System and this will be decisive in the design of future DEMO detritiation facilities.

Beyond Guesswork

During a flare release, the temperature of the flare network has a strong dependence on the relief source and on ambient conditions. During a relief of hot gases, contraction of the gases could occur due to the cool-down to ambient conditions. The rate of contraction velocity is accelerated if cooling leads to condensation of the contained gas components.

Advanced Tools for ITER Tritium Plant System Modeling & Design

Chemical plant system modeling experience based on the use of largely validated commercial modeling tools such as the Aspen HYSYS is adapted and exploited to develop numeric routines for unitary isotopic operations, including permeation, cold trapping, reversible absorption, and cryogenic distillation, for the ITER tritium plant systems.

Sustaining Operational Excellence

For more than a decade, refinery panel operators at Preemraff have been coached on safety and operation excellence by hands-on training with an operator training simulator (OTS). The fluidised catalytic cracker (FCC) at the Lysekil Refinery was the first refinery unit for which an OTS was built.

A Digital Twin

The authors present the results of the collaboration between Espindesa and Inprocess in order to develop a software tool that acts as a digital twin of a real nitric acid plant.

Taking care of flare header pressure

Inprocess authors discuss the application of dynamic simulation to analyse potential trips of the HIPPS system at the flare header of a central processing facility during trunkline pigging operations.