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KBC partners with HTRI

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KBC (a Yokogawa Company) has announced an enhanced collaboration with HTRI to provide the oil and gas industry with enhanced engineering design, debottlenecking, troubleshooting and optimisation capabilities.

The interoperability between XSimOp ShellTube, a new module for doing detailed simulation and rating of shell and tube heat exchangers, and Petro-SIM will enable more efficient delivery of high fidelity operational and design studies for process units.

Process engineers will be able to quickly investigate and analyse the performance of heat exchanger networks in a single simulation case, thereby reducing overall design time, minimising equipment over-design and ensuring design flexibility that appropriately accounts for process variability.

In many process plants, heat exchanger failures and diminishing heat transfer efficiency can cause major process safety problems, account for around 30% of unplanned downtime, and limit unit capacity and throughput. This can cost some plants in excess of US$10 million as a result of various factors including mechanical and chemical-induced corrosion and fouling.

When undertaking operational and design studies, it is vital that technologies for design and rating of heat transfer equipment are fully integrated with the process simulation flowsheet. This ensures the many interacting mechanical and process-related parameters are considered when determining optimal thermal design and operation of heat exchangers within the overall process configuration.

“Heat exchangers sit at the heart of the yield / energy trade-off in operations and their design can have a major influence on plant profitability as well as reliability and safety. Fast, accurate and integrated heat exchanger modeling is vital for delivering safe, reliable and profitable operations,” said Andy Howell, CEO of KBC. “The industry sees HTRI as the heat exchanger design and simulation leader and so we are pleased to be able to include their product within the Petro-SIM family for end-to-end integrated simulation.”

“We are continuing our extensive research into heat transfer technology and highly value this new partnership with KBC for expanding industry access to our deep know-how and intellectual property in this area,” said Claudette D. Beyer, President and CEO of HTRI. “We know that many of our members derive a lot of value from KBC’s Petro-SIM, so its interoperability with XSimOp and use in end-to-end simulation will unlock even more value for them.”

Full interoperability between Petro-SIM and XSimOp ShellTube will be available in Petro-SIM 7, which is due to be released by the end of 2018.

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