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Honeywell introduces UniSim Design Suite release 450

September 022016
Honeywell introduces UniSim Design Suite release 450

September 1, 2016 – Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) announced the launch of UniSim Design Suite Release 450 – the newest version of its process modelling software designed to help industrial manufacturers increase their engineering effectiveness and optimize their process designs. Honeywell’s UniSim Design Suite is used by over 250 companies worldwide in the oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, chemical, and power industries.

Process modelling allows engineers to create a number of steady-state and dynamic models for plant and control design and optimization, hazard and operability (HAZOP) and safety system studies, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, operational improvement, business planning and asset management. Proven benefits of process modelling include up to 20 percent improvements in engineering effectiveness through best-in-class workflow tools and capital expenditure savings of up to 30 percent through appropriate material selection in safety system design.

The R450 release features several new key focus areas including:

Safety – The safety system design featuring the introduction of UniSim PRS (pressure relief system), commercializing an internal tool developed by Honeywell UOP. UniSim PRS has been used for thousands of relief devices and pipes for Honeywell UOP plant assets. In addition, the release includes enhancements to the UniSim Blowdown option, which was co-developed with a major integrated oil company and originally introduced in November 2015. Co-development gave HPS access to a wider data pool and the ability to validate the solution in actual conditions. The enhanced option allows for the sizing and rating of blowdown networks and the selection of appropriate construction materials, in compliance with the API 521 industry standards. The UniSim Flare product, used for the sizing and rating of new or existing flare systems from relief device to the flare tip, has been re-platformed and enhanced for better performance, data visualization and reporting, and scenario automation.

Heat-exchangers – The heat-exchanger design and in particular the integration of UniSim Design Suite with Heat Transfer Research, Inc. (HTRI) products has been enhanced. In December, Honeywell expanded its technology alliance with HTRI, a global source of process heat transfer technology, research, software, and services, until 2025. As part of that alliance, HTRI continues to maintain the UniSim Heat Exchanger products and Honeywell can now resell and license, under Honeywell's license authorization system, the HTRI Xchanger Suite and HTRI XSimOp products.

Flow-assurance and sub-sea operations – With UniSim Design Suite R450, it is now possible to model multi-phase pumps (MPPs) in steady-state and dynamics, to support the evolving technology for multiphase pressure boosting. MPPs are particularly important to flow-assurance for sub-sea operations, increasing the commercial viability of production wells. The pipe unit operation has been enhanced to include hydrate and ice formation predictions and sand erosion calculations. Finally, it is now easier to import pressure, volume, temperature (PVT) characterization data from CALSEP’s PVTSim products into UniSim Design and visualize them.

Refining support – The new UniSim Design release includes a crude manager for easy importing of assays, more than 100 pre-defined refining properties, and both standard and custom mixing rules. This development supports other Honeywell cloud-based solutions that constantly collect plant data and use advanced analytics, recovery optimization and planning solutions to generate operational insights and recommendations on how to improve efficiency and reduce unplanned downtime.

UniSim Design is backed by Honeywell’s Benefits Guardianship Program of after-market support as well as a range of optional services that include: standard and custom training programs to maximize returns from the software; consulting services, including engineering studies and development of custom unit operations, extensions or thermodynamics; and joint development programs with customers to accelerate development of specific software features.

About Honeywell

Honeywell Process Solutions is a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas; refining; pulp and paper; industrial power generation; chemicals and petrochemicals; biofuels; life sciences; and metals, minerals and mining industries. 
 

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