TC-DS01: Process control for process engineers using dynamic simulation
Process Engineers are heavy users of simulation tools to design new processes or revamps. They mainly work in Steady-state mode, but frequently they have to interact with the Control Engineers to discuss how the process will be controlled and operated. In this case, many process dynamics and control concepts need to be clearly understood by the Process Engineers in order for them to be able to effectively design the processes and their corresponding control philosophy.
Plant designs have become increasingly complex, integrated and interactive. Heat integration, process recycles and minimum hold-ups are typical design features. Whilst such designs optimize steady state operation, they present particular challenges to control and operations engineers. Clearly, the ideal is not just to develop a working control strategy, but also to design a process that is inherently easy to control.