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Sponsored Technology Workshops at the 2018 Annual Meeting

Learn about the latest technologies that can help your research at Sponsored Technology Workshops. Companies will provide you with an opportunity to see the most cutting edge developments in chemical engineering technology that can help you in your current and future positions. 

Sponsored Technology Workshops
ANSYS - Stay informed- Simulation and analysis software for Chemical and Process Engineering

AVEVA - Benefits of  Digitalization and an Intriguing Usecase Involving Process Simulation

AVEVA - Getting Started with SimCentral
DIFREX - Nexgen Innovative Technology and Software Solutions
Innovatia - Bridging the Gap between Engineering and Operations: Work as designed vs Work as performed
Innovatia - The Digital Workplace at the Front Line and Where to Begin: Beyond the Digital Twin
Knovel - Driving Digital Transformation in Chemistry & Advanced Materials Industry through Decision Support Information Solutions with an Overview of AIChE's Knovel subscription
Process Systems Enterprise -  Digital Design of Robust Formulated Products and their Manufacturing Processes through Mechanistic Modelling

Process Systems Enterprise - ProcessBuilder - How to Create Value for your Research and Business

Rockwell Automation - Process Safety - The lifecycle explained
Siemens PLM Software - Advanced Simulation (CFD & DEM) to Solve Challenges in the Process Industry

ANSYS:  Stay informed- Simulation and analysis software for Chemical and Process Engineering

Wednesday, October 31, 8:00 -  9:15 am, Room 328, Convention Center

Engineering problems and projects are now cross functional and multi-disciplinary.  The industry investments are increasingly more complex driven by and for requirements sustainability, energy efficiency, higher performance. Product and process development is also altering by broader adoption of automation tools, digitization trends, and propagation of industrial IoT. Built on a set of well-establish physics based modeling and computational techniques engineering simulation has moved from R&D center use to a broader enterprise deployment.

This workshop is designed to highlight the advancements in computational physics tools with focus on material, Chemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries. Technical examples will include modeling capabilities and applications in reaction and combustion, multiphase, fouling, erosion- corrosion, mixing, separation, battery modeling and more. The content and presentation delivered by industry experts are pulled together to benefit current uses of engineering simulation software (CFD, DEM, FEA, Electromagnetic, System) as well as group leaders, managers, professors, and graduate students interested to learn about the latest advancements in physics based simulation software.   

AVEVA: Benefits of  Digitalization and an Intriguing Usecase Involving Process Simulation 

Monday, October 29, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Room 326, Convention Center

Much has been written on digitizing the process industries but what is real? This workshop will provide an overview to the benefits and the challenges involved in initiatives such as Industry 4.0 as well as engineering’s role in these initiatives.  As an example the use of lifecycle process simulation is explored as a benefit of having a true digital twin of process behavior.  Time will be allocated in this workshop for audience feedback on Digital Transformation and how the US compares to Europe in this area.

AVEVA:  Getting Started with SimCentral 

Tuesday, October 30, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Room 301, Convention Center

AVEVA rethinks how process simulation should be done with the release of our next generation process simulation tool, SimCentral.  In this 1 ½ hour workshop, we will cover the basics of SimCentral along with its benefits, ease of use and will include a demo and example problems. 

Who Should Attend:  This workshop is open to all professors, students and members of industry that have interest in process simulation and would like to learn more about SimCentral.

Please stop by our AVEVA/SimSci booth and sign up for a 1-month free license for SimCentral (limited to the first 50 people).


DIFREX: Nexgen Innovative Technology and Software Solutions, including GRMTM General Reactor Model, for Existing and New Reactor Systems

Monday, October 29, 1:45 – 3:00 pm, Room 326, Convention Center & Wednesday, October 31, 9:45am – 11:00am, Room 333, Convention Center

Chemical reactors are the most vital elements of the chemical industry, contributing significantly to the total plant cost, efficiency of production, pollution control, number of separation steps needed downstream and therefore to its ultimate profitability.

“Although the reactor is the heart of most process plants, it usually is treated as a ‘black box’ or a proprietary item and is not covered by commercial simulators. Each technology developer or licensor uses its own procedure to develop its reactor model. Such a procedure often is lengthy and expensive, due to ill-defined steps, many trial-and-error mistakes, and excessive pilot-plant campaigns. Finally, even if the reactor is ‘successfully’ scaled up to commercial size, the credibility of the design and the optimum operating conditions of the reactor often are questionable.”[1]

Come to one of our two Sponsored Technology Workshops and discuss how we can provide the solutions that you need. DIFREXR LLC is a team based in Cape Canaveral, Florida, who provide reactor services and solutions to clients world-wide in areas including design and consulting on existing/new reactor systems, critical review/quick-check of third-party designs, experimental development and validation of proposed designs, debottlenecking/retrofit/revamp, and emergency response.[2]

Let us introduce you to our proprietary state-of-the-art software (including the GRMTM), with a comprehensive suite of ready-to-use “design packs” and reactor modules for reactor and reaction modeling. Learn how, as in other cases already handled successfully, we can use the software and our know-how to help you make valid evaluations and select the best Reactor of Choice and Catalyst or Material of Choice at an early stage, generate a Total Solution, and confidently and efficiently progress development and design projects from Concept to Commercialization.


[1] Dutta, S. and R. Gualy, “Build Robust Reactor Models”, Chemical Engineering Progress, October, 2000, P. 37.

[2] “DIFREXR LLC NEXGEN Reactor Design – Fast assured reactor technology solutions for development, design, optimization, troubleshooting and revamp of commercial reactors” [cited October 29, 2018]; available at www.difrex.com.

[3] Dutta, S. and S.C. Arnold, A. Gaurav, J. Brenner, “DIFREXR Nexgen Expands and Advances Reactor & Technology Solutions”, AIChE 2018 Spring Meeting (April, 2018).

[4] Dutta, S. and S.C. Arnold, A. Gaurav, J. Brenner, “DIFREXR Reactor & Technology Solutions for Many Particle Types and Sizes in Catalytic and non-Catalytic Systems”, 8th World Congress on Particle Technology (April, 2018).

Innovatia Bridging the Gap between Engineering and Operations: Work as designed vs. Work as performed

Tuesday, October 30, 3:30 -  4:45 pm, Room 332, Convention Center

Each day work is executed by people within dangerous and complex processes using equipment that was designed to operate in a highly specific way. A persistent challenge is reconciling work as designed vs. work as performed. A lot of research has gone into solving this problem and the human element is often at the center of the conversation. The paper "Why major accidents are still occurring1" suggests that human error, management focus, culture and knowledge management and communication are the gaps in the equation today.

Strides have been made over the years in safety programs, HSSE initiatives, management oversight, regulatory requirements, culture shift and education. An emerging opportunity exists in journey towards a "goal zero" incident. It is the explosion of digital technology capable of giving front line employees the knowledge they need to execute work, properly, every time. During this session, we will explore opportunities to align work as designed vs. work as executed using the latest in knowledge management and communication technologies.

1Paul R Amyotte, Scott Berger, David, W Edwards, Jai P Gupta, Dennis C Hendershot, Faisal I Khan, M Sam Mannan, and Ronald J Willey

Innovatia: The Digital Workplace at the Front Line and Where to Begin: Beyond the Digital Twin

Wednesday, October 31, 3:30 -  4:45 pm, Room 336, Convention Center

The first step for the workplace digitization would be the creation of a Digital Twin of your plants. Digital Twin is a digital replica of your physical assets, and it is used for various purposes integrating artificial intelligence, machine learning, and software analytics to create digital simulation models that are updated as their physical counterparts’ change. One important note, do not forget to add human factors to this equation.

That is when things start to get tricky, because unlike the machines, people are unpredictable and subject to error. The challenge ahead of us is to increase the predictability by which people work – close the gap between work as designed vs. work as executed. Digitized knowledge management systems will set the foundation to deliver the right information where and when it is needed. The connected worker of tomorrow can execute work in a more standardized way while collecting data, similar to the way IIOT sensors collect data today on equipment.

The beauty of it is that it can be done with the user experience in mind to allow humans to excel at what humans are good at, solving problems, creating value and contributing to improvement. The fundamentals of the various frameworks for process improvement rely on capturing knowledge from the front lines. This can be made ever more effective using todays information and communication technology to have operators take ownership of the whole process while operating as designed.

Knovel: Driving Digital Transformation in Chemistry & Advanced Materials Industry through Decision Support Information Solutions with an Overview of AIChE’s Knovel subscription

Monday, October 29, 4:45 – 6:00 pm, Room 328, Convention Center

Chemistry and Advanced Materials industry is expected to follow a rather evolutionary approach to digitalization. Based on a recent report by the World Economic Forum, three themes are expected to underpin the digital transformation - Digitalize the Enterprise; Go Beyond the Molecule; Collaborate in Ecosystems. Talk will touch upon how Elsevier is helping drive digital transformation through a Decision Support Solution, bringing together relevant scientific, commercial & company data in one place for chemists/engineers/Tox/safety/regulatory professionals to help reduce risk & collaborate, driving innovation & faster products to market.  This presentation will also highlight the Knovel subscription that is a member benefit for AIChE members highlighting recent features added to the application.

Process Systems Enterprise: Hands-on workshop - Digital Design of Robust Formulated Products and their Manufacturing Processes Through Mechanistic Modelling

Wednesday, October 31, 8:00-10:30 am, Washington Room (The Westin)

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Join PSE and industry experts for a hands-on experience with gPROMS FormulatedProducts, an innovative platform for the digital design of formulated products and their manufacturing processes. Scientists and engineers in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, food and consumer goods industries face challenges in efficiently bringing products to market with robust manufacturing processes to produce the desired end-use attributes. gPROMS FormulatedProducts allows scientists and engineers to screen formulations for end-user attributes, determine whether they can be manufactured efficiently and robustly, and explore the design space of the whole formulation and manufacturing chain.

In this workshop, attendees will choose from a variety of hands-on modules that demonstrate model configuration, validation with experimental data, optimization, and sensitivity analysis for a particular application. Application areas include:

  • Synthesis and fluid separation,
  • Crystallization,
  • Wet milling,
  • Spray drying,
  • Continuous direct compression,
  • Wet and dry granulation,
  • Oral absorption, and
  • End-to-end modeling (e.g. putting Systems-based Pharmaceutics into practice).

Process Systems Enterprise: Introduction to ProcessBuilder - How to Create Value for your Research and Business

Wednesday, October 31, 3:30-6:00 pm, Room 320, Convention Center

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Join PSE and industry experts for a workshop on gPROMS ProcessBuilder, a next-generation Advanced Process Modeling environment for optimizing the design and operation of process plants. gPROMS ProcessBuilder combines industry-leading steady-state and dynamic models with all the power of equation-oriented modeling, system analysis and optimization in an easy-to-use process flowsheeting environment. Its predictive power enables scientists and engineers to scale up their pilot plants in a more efficient manner, explore the process design and operational space rapidly and make better, faster and safer decisions.  Models can be used in on-line applications and can be deployed behind a web interface in just a couple of hours.

This workshop will show how gPROMS ProcessBuilder is transforming the way the process industries are unlocking new value and competitive advantage. Illustration of key features with application examples and hands-on exercises include:

  • Robust solution of a process flowsheet with complex recycles
  • Detailed first-principles model integrated within a flowsheet
  • Custom modeling
  • Global system analysis
  • Model validation
  • Whole plant optimization including mixed-integer optimization
  • Web deployment & on-line use


Rockwell Automation: Process Safety – The lifecycle explained

Monday, October 29, 12:30 – 1:45 pm, Room 332, Convention Center

The Process Safety lifecycle has been around for over 20 years, this workshop explains the history, what we have learned in the industry, how the standards have evolved and how we use the lifecycle approach to minimize risk and optimize production.


Siemens PLM Software: Advanced Simulation (CFD & DEM) to Solve Challenges in the Process Industry

Wednesday, October 31, 12:30-3:00 pm, Room 336, Convention Center

Understanding of transport processes (fluid flow, heat transfer & mass transfer) is key for design, troubleshooting and exploring optimum operating conditions. In this workshop we will look at two most important aspects of the problems encountered: turbulence and multiphase flow phenomenon. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and particle modeling with Discrete Element Method (DEM) have been identified as key enabling technologies in finding solutions to many of the challenges that surround scale-up; capable of reducing operating costs across manufacturing and quality divisions. We will then use this basis to show examples of how this can be used to solve problems as well as demonstrate the use of Simcenter STAR-CCM+, a multiphysics simulation platform from Siemens. All presenters will be available to answer questions.

Preregister Here (free with full meeting registration)