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Brazilian chemical engineering students win 2015 Honeywell UniSim Design Challenge

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Two Brazilian students of chemical engineering have won the Honeywell Process Solutions UniSim Design Challenge for designing a solution to treat contaminated water.

The UniSim Design Challenge offers an opportunity to engineering students to propose solutions using Honeywell’s UniSim Design Suite software for real-world problems faced by process manufacturers.

Mariana Kaori Kobayashi Cunha from the University of Sao Paolo Polytechnic School and Herbert Senzano Lopes from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte used UniSim simulation software to show how pollutants can be removed from contaminated water in oil and gas exploration and production, with the treated water used for various applications, including human consumption. The pair worked on the project with Professor Galo Carrillo Le Roux of the University of Sao Paolo Polytechnic School.

Kobayashi and Lopes presented the winning entry this week during the Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas Symposium, the company’s largest gathering of customers in the process manufacturing industries. Lopes was also named the winner of the 2014 UniSim Design Challenge for his project on pipeline flare gas being reused to generate electricity.

According to Ali Raza, vice president of the Advanced Solutions business for HPS, given that environmental preservation and regulatory compliance are very important to their customers, this year’s winning project particularly holds relevance as it shows how UniSim technology can help solve serious problems for the process automation industry. He explains that creating cleaner, more sustainable exploration and production processes, while maintaining high performance levels and low energy consumption, is essential to the future of this industry.

The winning entry, UniSim Design R430 designed by Kobayashi, Lopes and Le Roux, determines how to treat water contaminated with toxic compounds such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX) through a clean process using oxygen in the air and energy generated by production processes. A Supercritical Water Reactor (SCWR) is used to convert the toxic compounds and make the water safe again for humans and the environment.

Kobayashi explained that their solution was inspired by the growing number of onshore and offshore petroleum exploration fields in Brazil that produce many barrels of contaminated water each day. The students used the UniSim Design software to effectively solve one of the largest environmental issues in the upstream sector.

UniSim Design Suite provides an interactive process model that allows engineers to create steady-state and dynamic models. The software is extensively used for plant design, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, operational improvement, business planning, and asset management around the world. UniSim Design models may be leveraged into advanced training and optimisation solutions provided by the UniSim Operations, UniSim Optimization, and UniSim Competency suite.

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