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KBC and OLI Systems to collaborate on simulation software

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KBC has announced a new collaboration with OLI Systems to enhance the application of simulation software for engineering design, debottlenecking, troubleshooting and optimisation studies.

The companies’ respective thermodynamics and physical properties software – OLI Systems’ OLI Alliance Engine and KBC’s Multiflash® – will be integrated within KBC’s Petro-SIM process simulation platform, used in upstream oil and gas production, NGL processing, LNG, oil refining, petrochemical and chemical manufacturing operations.

The native integration of these simulation software packages is intended to enable smooth data exchange between the OLI Alliance Engine and Petro-SIM, and to improve model fidelity and engineering efficiency for process and production engineers.

The OLI Alliance Engine is an electrolyte chemistry modelling, simulation and analysis software package involving a range of thermodynamic and thermophysical property models, solvers, phase and equilibrium calculations for third party process simulators. It is used for process modelling, prediction of corrosion and scale environments and water management. These tasks all require prediction of chemical reactions and phase behaviour of complex mixtures of chemicals in water under varying temperatures, pressures and ionic strengths.

KBC’s Petro-SIM is a steady-state and dynamic process simulation and optimisation software solution. It aims to promote software integration and collaboration among project teams.

Multiflash is already available in Petro-SIM, and is applied to evaluate the phase behaviour and physical and transport properties of complex mixtures and pure substances, including multi-phase hydrocarbon mixtures.

“Thermodynamics and physical properties provide a common language for high fidelity digital twins in the energy and chemical industry. They are the most important building blocks for a data-meets-simulation approach to engineering design and optimisation,” states Andy Howell, CEO of KBC.

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