Evaluation of an Open-source Chemical Process Simulator Using a Plant-wide Oil and Gas Separation Plant Flowsheet Model as Basis

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  • Anders Andreasen ORCID
    Affiliation

    Ramboll Energy, Bavnehøjvej 5, DK-6700 Esbjerg, Denmark

https://doi.org/10.3311/PPch.19678

Abstract

In this paper, a detailed evaluation of the open source process simulator DWSIM is presented. Using a previously published simulation model of an oil and gas separation plant, the results obtained with DWSIM are compared to a commercial process simulator widely used in the industry. The modelled flow scheme comprises a vast number of unit operations including separators (flash vessels), valves, splitters, mixers, compressors, heat exchangers, pumps and recycles (tear streams). The results obtained with DWSIM both for characterization of the inlet fluid as well as for a single operating state for the entire process, compare very well with the data obtained using a commercial tool. A rigorous comparison is made and generally, compared results are within 1% in deviation with a few exceptions. Further, an elaborate comparison is made for over 90 simulations with different settings where 10 independent variables are randomly varied over a wide range. Again, good agreement is found between the two tools. The results are very encouraging and provide fidelity in the use of the investigated open source process simulation tools in a professional environment.

Keywords:

process simulation, oil and gas separation plant, thermodynamics

Published Online

2022-05-17

How to Cite

Andreasen, A. “Evaluation of an Open-source Chemical Process Simulator Using a Plant-wide Oil and Gas Separation Plant Flowsheet Model as Basis”, Periodica Polytechnica Chemical Engineering, 66(3), pp. 503–511, 2022. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPch.19678

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