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!
It’s easy. You earn Cups for submitting solutions. If your solutions are better than others and you move up the highscore table ranks – You earn cups! In addition, every account holder has a unique “My PSC link”. If your friends register via your link and submit their first variables, you will get Cups too! Are your friends making a headway in our Hall of Fame? Great! You also earn cups as long as your PSC fellow makes a progress.
At the end of the 2018 challenge, the participant with the highest Cups total will be invited to the sponsored by us certified two-day CHEMCAD beginner course! Wouldn’t it be awesome to learn CHEMCAD together with the industry practitioners?
It works exactly in the same way as above. The only exception is that you make it a mission for yourself. You put your creative ideas into action to spread the PSC word and “My PSC link” to others! In the end, 3 participants with the highest Cups sum for registration and submissions referrals win! You can learn more about the awards by visiting our PSC Ambassador page. You know someone interested in the PSC Academic Ambassador program? Connect us! We’ll recognize your efforts!
No.1 Overall Winner will enjoy a special invitation to our Annual CHEMCAD User Meeting organized by Chemstations Europe in Berlin. The winner will shake hands with CHEMCAD chief developer, the EU management and will get a chance to talk to Chemstations Europe’s clients.
*PSC2018 end date: 31 January 2019
*For details about our award programs go to Terms and Conditions.
Good News! Your hard work during the engineering degree and months of process simulation training that goes beyond your regular curriculum have finally paid off. After a rigorous interview process and number of tests, you’ve been offered a work opportunity at the world’s first bacteria-based PDO production facility.
The production site which you work at is made of four process units:
During your induction week at the company, your Operation Manager gave you an overview of the bacteria-based PDO production costs. To fulfill your professional obligations, it is important for you to understand the complexity of the day-to-day business.
Variable costs fall under the following categories:
Today is your first real day at work. You managed to figure out the coffee situation and met your colleagues. Unexpectedly, the management team called an emergency meeting. The operation site manager reported a change in the fermenter output caused by an unanticipated bacteria behavior. As a result, the company profit turned negative.
Knowing that you worked with real-world process simulation cases during your time in the higher education, your manager asked you to help the team and share your expertise. Below you will find some valuable information to help you navigate through the challenge.
Active PSC2018 task phase:
Congratulations! You optimized the downstream process. Not only that you brought the economic balance of the plant from a loss of 380 $/h to a profit of almost 200 $/h, your measures also saved plenty of electricity, steam, and cooling water. ChemE’s are heroes! Now you know what that means, as you have been named one at your company.
But your job is not finished yet. Your next project is the fermentation section. Go and tackle these lazy bacteria! Be aware that the downstream process remains at its (almost optimal) operating conditions. You are free to feed the E.Coli’s with more cane juice and ammonia, or even with less if you think that it’s better.
However, don’t forget that these feeds have a considerable cost and that the fermentation tanks only have a volume of 400 m³. If you exceed this volume during the batch cycle, the overflow is purged!
We are sure that you can increase the plant’s profit even further. Time to roll up your sleeves! Check PSC Phases file for details! Remember to download new flowsheet for this phase too!
Note: As the 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.
PSC2018 end date: 31 January 2019
Below you will find documents that will help you kick-start PSC.
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