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Aspen HYSYS: Process Modeling MBA

Locations & Dates:

Date: 10 - 21 Sep 2017
Ref: E636
Location: Egypt (Sharm El-Sheikh)
Fees: 3750 

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Course Overview

  • Learn to build, navigate and optimize process simulations using Aspen HYSYS
  • Learn the efficient use of different HYSYS functions to build steady state process simulations

Course Benefits

  • Leverage the intuitive bi-directional solver and other key features of Aspen HYSYS that allow for rapid flowsheet construction
  • Use the Workbook and Process Flow Diagram (PFD) interfaces for quick and effective modeling
  • Discover how multi-flowsheet integration can streamline and organize simulation efforts
  • Explore different means of reporting results, including the use of Microsoft Excel VB macros
  • Evaluate the performance of existing equipment by leveraging the rating capabilities of Aspen HYSYS
  • Improve the convergence characteristics of columns and flowsheets; troubleshoot common problems
  • Perform Case studies to determine the optimum operating point for a process
  • Understand the pipeline hydraulics calculations used to assess the sizing requirements for a gas gathering system


  • Instruction on basic topics
  • Experienced instructor will select an appropriate order in which to present the modules
  • Discussion about the general approach and the key elements for successful simulations
  • Instructor-guided demonstrations of features
  • Hands-on workshops using examples from the petroleum processing industry
  • Detailed course notes

Getting Started

  • Create and define a fluid package
  • Utilize the built-in expert system to choose an appropriate thermodynamic model
  • Select components, including hypotheticals
  • Install streams and attach stream utilities
  • Customize the Workbook
  • Workshop: Introduce basic concepts necessary for creating simulations in Aspen HYSYS®.

Propane Refrigeration Loop

  • Add and connect operations to construct a simple flowsheet
  • Use the graphic interface to manipulate flowsheet objects and provide a clearer representation of the process
  • Understand how process information is propagated both forwards-and backwards
  • Convert simulation cases to templates
  • Workshop: Build and analyze a propane refrigeration loop simulation

Refrigerated Gas Plant

  • Install and converge heat exchangers
  • Use logical operations: Adjust and Balance
  • Workshop: Model a simplified version of a refrigerated gas plant.

NGL Fractionation Train

  • Model distillation columns with the assistance of the Column Input Expert
  • Manipulate column specifications to better represent process constraints
  • Evaluate utility requirements using the Process Utility Manager
  • Workshop: Model a two column natural gas liquid (NGL) recovery plant

Oil Characterization and HP Separation

  • Introduce Oil Characterization in Aspen HYSYS
  • Use the Aspen HYSYS Spreadsheet and Case Study functionality
  • Workshop: Use the Oil Environment to characterize a crude assay and then employ the Case Study and Spreadsheet operation to determine how the Gas Oil Ratio (GOR) varies with pressure

Gas Gathering System

  • Simulate a gas gathering system located on varied terrain using the steady state capabilities of Aspen HYSYS
  • Workshop: Use the pipe segment and the Hydraulics subflowsheet to model a piping network in Aspen HYSYS.

Two Stage Compression

  • Introduce the use of the recycle operation
  • Recognize suitable recycle locations
  • Implement performance curves for rotating equipment
  • Workshop: Utilize the recycle operation to build a two stage compression flowsheet; define and activate compressor curves.

Natural Gas Dehydration with TEG

  • Review the recommended methods to saturate single phase and two phase hydrocarbon streams
  • Discuss the implications of hydrate formation and the different means available to avoid hydrate problems
  • Model a typical TEG dehydration unit
  • Workshop: Model a typical TEG dehydration unit and determine water dew point for the dry gas; use the hydrate utility to investigate the effects of methanol injection on hydrate inhibition.

Rating Heat Exchangers

  • Review heat transfer calculation models in Aspen HYSYS
  • Configure a shell and tube heat exchanger to use a built-in Rating model
  • Integrate rigorous Exchanger Design and Rating (EDR) calculations into an Aspen HYSYS flowsheet
  • Workshop: Use a Rating model to determine if an existing heat exchanger will meet process specifications; design and rate a heat exchanger using the EDR interface inside Aspen HYSYS.

Troubleshooting / Best Practices

  • Introduce best practices for product integration and automation
  • Investigate reasons why a simulation may produce poor results, consistency errors, etc.
  • Identify appropriate thermodynamic models for common processes
  • Use suggested tips to debug simulations and columns
  • Workshop: Troubleshoot existing Aspen HYSYS cases; recognize common problem areas in an Aspen HYSYS case.

Reporting in Aspen HYSYS

  • Create a variety of customized reports using newly added functionality in the Report Manager
  • Access free Excel utilities designed to extract simulation data
  • Use Aspen Simulation Workbook to deploy models in Microsoft Excel
  • Workshop: Use the Report Manager, Excel utilities and Aspen Simulation Workbook to obtain custom reports.

Optional Topics Per Request

Optional Topic: Acid Gas Sweetening

  • Simulate amine towers; supply tray dimensions
  • Discuss efficiencies for amine towers
  • Use the Set operation and the Spreadsheet
  • Workshop: Simulate a typical acid gas treating facility.

Optional Topic: Liquid Natural Gas (LNG)

  • Use the LNG Exchanger operation to simulate multi-pass heat exchangers
  • Utilize the Sub-Flowsheet to build a modularized PFD
  • Model an LNG production process
  • Workshop: Simulate a typical LNG facility

Appendix A: What’s New in Aspen HYSYS

  • Review the latest features introduced in Aspen HYSYS V7.3.

Appendix B: Pro/II Converter

  • Describe the key features of the new Pro/II file converter
  • Demonstrate workflow and identify existing limitations of the file conversion tool
  • Workshop: Use the new Pro/II Converter to create an Aspen HYSYS simulation based on an existing keyword file.