Chemical process steps and tips on simulation software

Chemical process steps in the industry are well define by selecting the unit operation that is describing this activity. The typical process in the pharmaceutical industry, in the synthetic industry, in the manufacturing, is mainly following the steps like chemical reaction, some kind of separation, and some kind of purification of the material, and some kind of handling of the product. In every one of these steps is required to find the best way to manufacture it in the industrial equipment. The role of process simulation software for chemical engineering is exactly to define in the integral way, the mass and heat balance for every one of the steps, and the complete balance for all these steps in order to evaluate the productivity, the heat consumption, and the service that we need to provide to the process to manufacture the product that we are looking for. It’s really important to understand every one of the steps that are defining our process, and for every one of them, you can find completely good studies and documentation on how to attack chemical reactions, crystallization, evaporations, emulsification, milling of solids, screening of solids, powders.

So, every one of the steps from the science point of view is normally well defined. We need only to a use this knowledge for our specific materials and process, and combine it with the equipment that is ready for us to use in order to manufacture the final product. The mixing software is exactly defined for it, to understand where every step of the process, and understand how to characterize the process. So, we have another kind of software that is dedicated to every one of the steps. So, we have software that are very well defined and good to find the kinetics of the process in the reaction field, we have a software that well define to understand the characterization of the crystallization we’re generating in our process, we have equipment that are doing it well and with the knowledge of this equipment and the data that the equipment is providing to us, we´re able to implement with the software in order to generate conclusions that will be very good for everyone. And the same for emulsification, evaporation, distillation, solid handling and more.

So, if we define process simulation software that are good for the chemical engineering, we’re talking about the integral, so mass balance and energy, and the local, that is the characterization of reactions, crystallization and more. The tips for choosing a software for chemical reactions is following the previous explanation. So, we need a software that will be a non-ideal one, non pure theoretical one, because it will not be relevant for the industry. If we want to know mass and energy balance, and the software that we use to calculate is not related to a real life, is not connected with some results that we get from our specific process, we will get results that are far enough not to avoid to the chemical engineer to understand the process.

So, the first step is, choose the software that is a representative. The second, use a software that is relevant. If you are looking for a process simulation, there are software that are very good to understand the physical properties of the media, but they will not be able to simulate the process, they will be able only to be sure that your measurements are well connected with models that are describing materials. So, the second tip is to use relevant software that are serving me in the conclusion that I can get when I measure and I calculate what is the meaning of the software in every state, unit operation for the software. The first is that the software will be simple to use, because we are in the industry, we are not building theories that will cover a complete field of industry or generate theories that can explain phenomena that happen in all different kinds of fields in the chemical industry or in the biotechnology industry. We need to solve our specific process and to manufacture in a way that material will be good quality, the productivity will be enough, and we will have no problems on operation. So, we need a software that will be reliable, we need a software that will be simple to use in the way that when we feed our elemental data that we can find in the industry, we will be able to generate numbers that will describe the process well. So, this is a very brief explanation about chemical process steps, process simulation, software for chemical engineering, and tips for choosing a software for chemical process and of course chemical a reaction that it is the head and the starting point of every chemical process in the industry.

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