TEACHING CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROCESSES SIMULATION USING GPROMS SOFTWARE
United Arab Emirates University (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
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Appears in: ICERI2009 Proceedings
Publication year: 2009
Conference name: 2nd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2009
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:Mathematical modeling and simulation of chemical processes have recently become a necessity for both teaching and research purposes. Mathematical models used to describe chemical engineering processes are often complicated and occasionally consist of algebraic, differential and partial differential equations that need to be solved simultaneously. Solving these set of different types of equations is difficult to handle without the need of calling different subroutines and functions until the advanced software packages such as gPROMs comes to sight. gPROMs is an advanced process modeling software that can handle algebraic, differential and partial differential equations in one code without the need of calling subroutines or functions. The software can be applied across many application areas in all process sectors. The software has been used in this study as a teaching tool of process simulation. As an example to show the potential of this program, simulation of a mathematical model representing the removal of undesirable acid gases from natural gas using polymeric hollow fiber membrane contactor is used. Results are explained in 2D and 3D colored diagrams and show the effects of certain operating parameters on the unwanted gases removal rate along with the optimum operating conditions.
Keywords: modelling and simulation, gproms, membrane, hollow fibres.