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Process Simulation Cup 2019

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Why PSC?

It’s fun, it’s real, it educates. When working on the PSC solutions, you deep dive into a problem and expand not only critical but also lateral thinking skills. You showcase your drive and commitment. You might even discover that you’re great at something outside your comfort zone! No doubt, young well-trained professionals stand out. PSC will help you to develop a competitive edge and land a dream job in the future. Let your personal and professional goals guide you when walking the PSC award path! And PSC is open to participants from around the world all year long!

What Are Your Awards?

The  Champion

You collect PSC Cups for submitting solutions. If your solutions are better than others and you move up the highscore table ranks – You earn cups! In addition, you have a unique “My PSC referral link”. If your friends register via your link and submit variables, you will get PSC Cups too! Are your friends making headway in our Hall of Fame? Great! You earn cups as long as your PSC fellows make progress.

At the end of the challenge, a PSC student participant with the highest cups total wins certified *CHEMCAD Training worth €1400! Wouldn’t it be awesome to learn CHEMCAD together with the industry practitioners? Of curse, it would!

Monthly & Overall Winner

  1. If you rank first in the Hall of Fame at the end of the month,  you’ll receive a certificate, 100 PSC Cups, and Amazon Voucher worth €25.
  2. At the end of the challenge, 3 PSC participants with the best results achieved in the final PSC Phase will be awarded one of our 3 Overall Winner titles, receive certificates, Amazon Vouchers worth €200, €150, €100 and more!

PSC Student Ambassador

It works exactly in the same way as in the case of the PSC Cups Champion. The only exception is that you make it a mission for yourself! You put your creative ideas into action to spread the PSC word to others! In the end, a person whose “My PSC referral link” has been shared most times wins the PSC Student Ambassador title, Amazon Voucher worth €80! You can learn more about the awards visiting our PSC Ambassador page.

*CHEMCAD Training is currently offered to students in Europe and the USA, for details visit T&C 

Your Roadmap To Success

PSC2019 Challenge

15.02.2019 – 17.01.2020

Congratulations – You’re hired!

It’s a pleasure to welcome you to your new workplace, the oleochemical plant.  As the new Shift Supervisor, you’re responsible for customizing oleic acid cuts. The oleochemical plant is a two-step distillation plant:

 

BACKGROUND

When operated at steady- state, the plant is relatively low-maintenance. However, due to the nature of the oleic acids, the operational conditions have to be adjusted frequently. The upcoming changeover must handle the change from optimized steady-state conditions for a heavy oil feed mixture which is cut to an intermediate heavy oil product mixture (high in cis-9-Octadecenoic acid) to the optimized steady-state conditions for a light oil feed mixture.

YOUR TASK

As a Shift Supervisor, you must minimize operational troubles, waste streams, and steam usage during such a changeover, i.e. and maximize the profit of your changeover shift.


PSC2019 consists of several phases that will be progressively rolled out throughout the year. 

Active phase: Phase 1

Start: 15.02.2019

Presently, you only decide for a different time for switching to the product tank and different ramp endpoints for the 270 minutes long ramps of the set-points. Can you convince your shift colleagues and the management to accept your new parameters? It all depends on the profit increase you achieve during the shift!

The switch time can be variated between:

  • 30 minutes and 480 minutes after the  initiation of the changeover
  • the intermediate ramp points at 300 minutes for the set points for the reflux ratios can be variated between 0.1 and 40 and
  • the reboiler duties can be variated between 0.1 MW and 5 MW

The restrictions occur due to limitations in the measurement ranges of the installed flow measurement devices. You can specify threshold values. However, it might be impossible for the process to reach them.

The good news is that you get the steam almost free of charge (only 10 cents per metric ton) from an adjacent plant. So, use as much as needed.

 

Below are documents that will help you kick-start PSC2019:

PSC2019 FLOWSHEET

PSC2019 TASK STORY

PSC2019 STEP-BY-STEP

PSC2019 PHASES

SUBMIT YOUR VARIABLES!

 

Note: As time progresses, we will roll out more PSC task phases. We also will progressively unlock design variables which are currently displayed as inactive on the submission form. We might manipulate some data too. Time and date of the above are not defined in advance. To be up to date with changes and not to miss out on developments, stay tuned into the PSC newsletters, social media, news, and our blog! If you submit variables regularly, this will require you to recalculate results accordingly.

PSC2019: 15.02.2019 – 17.01.2020

 

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