A new release of Emerson’s Mimic simulation software makes it easier to develop a more accurate digital twin. New modelling capabilities, usability enhancements and tuning options will help engineers create, modify and integrate dynamic simulations for process improvements across a plant’s lifecycle more easily.
The development of digital simulations of large projects can quickly get complex. Having to manually navigate through individual streams to tune factors such as temperature, pressure and flow on each process element of a simulated plant asset makes changing models time-consuming. In addition, changing the format in which this data is collected used to mean taking the simulated process offline.
In the new release, new online stream-flow views speed engineering changes significantly. Users can quickly see all process elements in a single table with changeable parameters, making it possible to view and tune entire processes from front to back — all while keeping the simulated processes online.
Emerson has upgraded the software’s advanced modelling objects feature with new blocks and objects to improve simulation, making design easier for a wide range of industries. This provides dynamic models of plant unit operations such as those performed by separators, compressors, heat exchangers, valves, turbines, evaporators and more. Plate and frame heat exchanger and three-phase flash vapour-liquid-liquid equilibrium separation objects are now available, as well as plug flow reactor objects that reduce the engineering time and complexity of model development for continuous processes in the chemical and hydrocarbon industries.
Users can also use new, simpler reaction modelling to simulate reactions in a vessel more easily. These new models offer increased flexibility in the use of reactions in design to automation engineers and businesses in the specialty chemical and life sciences industries, which commonly use such medium-fidelity simulations. Without the need for complex or private reaction data, or a background in kinetics and thermodynamics, users can create simplified reactions in engineering design to achieve desired results, such as the impact of a reaction on pH. Because reproduction of complex chemical reactions is not necessary, the models also allow for faster implementation of simulations.
For plants that rely on standard operating procedures to ensure safety and success in critical procedures such as startup and shutdown, Mimic provides enhanced scoring features for training simulations. Trainers can modify scoring to prioritise actions that are critical in any procedure to ensure that all steps are properly completed in the correct order every time.
Mimic is now natively integrated with AspenTech’s HYSYS simulation software, providing control platform integration and training functionality and making building and maintaining an operations digital twin much easier for the thousands of businesses using it.
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