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Hands-on Workshop on Steady-State Process Simulation

Hands-on Workshop on Steady-State Process Simulation

“Flowsheeting comes to an age – a hands-on tour of commercial, free downloads, and low budget software”

Process simulation is used widely by the chemical process industry and researchers are expected to possess simulation skills and adequate knowledge of the software choices available. At the university software options are difficult to discuss even though choices of software packages continue to increase, both as commercial as well as open-source software.

The workshop offers an overview of commercial software with an aim to equip participants on how to simulate an integrated process flowsheet, and to interpret results correctly. UniSim Design is used as a basis to explain the concept of sequential modular approach that is covered in the workshop and is applicable to most commercial process simulation.

Targeted participants: chemical engineers (including PhD students and postdoctoral researchers). University email ID is necessary for software use.

There is a maximum capacity for the event. Participants need to register in advance using the registration link. The workshop is mainly offered for research students. Other volunteers and MEng students may attend on a first-come first-serve basis provided that we have spare places and that they register in advance.



9:30 am Welcoming & introduction
9:45 Overview of commercial software – Aspen HYSYS, UniSim Design, SuperPro Designer, DESIGN II for Windows, PRO/II
10.10 Introduction to steady state process simulation – sequential modular approach; process synthesis model for process simulation
10:40 Base case development with UniSim Design
11:30 Simulation of separation processes
12:00 pm Lunch break
1:00 Simulation of recycle systems
2:00 Simulation of heat recovery system
3:00 End


Professor Dominic Foo is a Professor of Process Design and Integration at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Professional Engineer (PEng), ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineers (ACPE), as well as the Past President for the Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChE). He is top 2% world-renowned scientist according to Stanford List, working in process integration for resource conservation and CO2 reduction. Professor Foo is an active author with 10 books, including a newly published process simulation textbook with Elsevier/IChemE – Chemical Engineering Process Simulation. He published more than 200 journal papers and made more than 240 conference presentations, with more than 30 keynote/plenary speeches. He also published eight books, including one on process simulation. Professor Foo is the Editor-in-Chief for Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability (Springer Nature), Subject Editor for Process Safety & Environmental Protection (Elsevier), and editorial board members for several other renowned journals. He is the winners of the Innovator of the Year Award 2009 of IChemE, Young Engineer Award 2010 of IEM, Outstanding Young Malaysian Award 2012, Outstanding Asian Researcher and Engineer 2013 (Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan), and Top Research Scientist Malaysia 2016 (ASM).

Participants need to register in advance using the registration link:

  • Note that this workshop runs in parallel with this Machine Learning and Process Simulation workshops. Only one of them can be selected
  • Workshop Date: Sunday 18th of June.
  • Workshop Starting Time: 10:00 AM.
  • Participants Limit: 60.
  • Registrations Deadline: Monday 12 June 2023.
  • Workshop Coordinator: Prof Carl Laid, Carnegie Mellon University

Those wishing to participate should register at:

Registration Link: https://era.eventsair.com/escape-33/icheme/Site/Register

IRISS Thematic Session

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The IRISS session in ESCAPE-33 aims to bring together IRISS, EFCE and ESCAPE communities, as well as, national and regional stakeholders, to discuss the Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD) framework and initiatives, their role and prospects in delivering sustainable processes and products. Under this perspective, the up-to-date results and achievements of the IRISS project, as well as the upcoming activities and events will be presented.

Who is it for

Lack of data has been publicly identified as a constraining bottleneck for an SSbD approach in research and innovation in the Chemical and Material Industry. In silico models are one of the most important tools to generate such data. This session addresses both worlds. For Systems practitioners: Full deployment of SSbD stands to benefit critically from systems-level design and re-design thinking, as exposed in ESCAPE-33. SSbD emerges as a priority application for systems tools. For SSbD practitioners: ESCAPE-33 hosts four themes with relevance to SSbD (Themes 1, 2, 3 & 7). These will open a window to a portfolio of tools and approaches for the SSbD community of IRISS.

Attendance is free, but registration is required for the session

Use the free registration form https://era.eventsair.com/escape-33/reg to reserve your place, as the session 's capacity will be 50 participants.

Machine Learning Workshop

  • Workshop Date: Sunday 18th of June
  • Workshop Starting Time: 10:00 AM
  • Workshop duration: 5 hours
  • Participants Limit: 70
  • Workshop Coordinator: Prof Antonio Rio

Registration Link: https://era.eventsair.com/escape-33/workshops

A Workshop on Course Development – Final Announcement

Workshop promoters: Daniel Lewin, Technion, and Edwin Zondervan, Twente

Workshop outcomes: Participants working in teams will complete a master plan for a complete course on one of three themes motivated by an invited talk from the conference. Each team will be mentored by the corresponding plenary/invited speaker:

  • Topic 1: AI in Chemical Engineering, led by Venkat Venkatasubramanian, Columbia
  • Topic 2: Optimization Methods for Energy Systems, led by Christos Marvelias, Princeton
  • Topic 3: Sustainable Circular Economy, led by Bhavik Bakshi, Ohio State

The master plans will include:

  • Step 1. learning objectives, syllabus, and schedule for the entire course.
  • Step 2. Learning objectives and syllabus for at least one week of activity in the course.
  • Step 3. Generation of suitable student activities for each week of activity outlined in Step 2.

Course participants are invited to review a short video describing how the flipped class is used to teach PSE subjects (recommended before attending ESCAPE-33):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6w6mqSPxp0 (28 min)

The workshop capacity will be 30 participants (Up to 10 participants in each of the three teams).

Those wishing to participate should register at: