A simulator in general is utilized to predict system responses at different operating conditions. Having a process simulator is valuable for system design, and for process development. The simulator can be specifically used towards gaining insight, analyzing the process at different conditions, and optimizing the process.
Simulators also serve as a very valuable training tool for operators in the lab or in-field to get familiar with the system, to go through startup protocols, shutdown protocols, etc.
A simulator developed and customized with a specific process in mind, specifically a process that utilizes supercritical fluids can provide many benefits.
The models which SCFCan‘s developed simulator are based on, are supercritical fluids focused specifically with regards to thermodynamic equations of state, solubility and mass transfer.
In addition, SCFCan develops Real Time simulators customized to your specific process and tuned to your needs at different stages of the process and technology development.
In these videos, a simulator developed and customized to a fully-continuous pilot-scale Supercritical Fluid Extraction process is presented. In each video, the presented simulator is designed for a specific purpose in mind i.e. exploring different operating conditions of the process, energy optimization, control system testing, etc.
The simulator presented in the video is associated with a Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) process consisting of an extractor, a separator, pumps, heat exchangers, and throttling valves. The graphical user interface (GUI) of the simulator is designed and programmed in a flexible manner to allow the user to change different parameters associated with the stated unit operations before and during the simulation. This permits the user to explore the impact of the applied change in real time on process variables such as pressure, temperature, and extract concentration.