(560ie) Demonstrating the Power of Custom Modeling Integrated into Flowsheet Simulation
This presentation will present some examples of utilizing this approach in heterogeneous hydrosilylation chemistries within Dow Performance Silicones. Reaction kinetic data was experimentally generated and used in a scalable high-fidelity custom reactor model which numerically solves the governing equations for the fluid and solid phases. The reactor model was then connected to other unit operations within an integrated flowsheet using gPROMS. Complex scenarios of interest can be modeled to help mitigate risk and build the business case for process changes. This integrated approach also requires a lesser investment of time and resources compared to a non-integrated approach. Examples to be presented include capacity improvements through debottlenecking and process changes to maximize catalyst life. This application of an integrated modeling approach demonstrates its power to unlock improvements in process capacity, cost, product quality, and process safety.