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Process Simulation Cup 2018

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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!

What Are Your Awards?

The  Rewards

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?

*Awards apply to students only. For details go to Terms and Conditions.

PSC Student Ambassador

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!

Monthly & Overall Winner

  1. You rank first in the Hall of Fame at the end of the month. You will receive a certificate and 100 Cups for your hard work.
  2. Simply, you’re the best! At the end of the PSC2018, we will select 3 Overall Winners based on their results. You will join us at the Teaching Process Simulation Symposium with the PSC2018 Award Ceremony in Berlin, collect a certificate, Amazon voucher and a gift!

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

*Awards apply to students only. For details go to Terms and Conditions.


Your Roadmap To Success

PSC2018 Challenge

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:

  • Fermentation where E.Coli bacteria converts glucose from cane juice into PDO
  • Filtration where biomass cell debris and proteins are removed
  • Ion Exchanger where salts and rests of proteins are removed
  • Distillation where PDO is purified

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:

  • Utility consumption such as electricity steam and cooling water.
  • Effluent treatment costs, mainly wastewater treatment.
  • Raw material costs, which are the costs for the feed (cane juice as substrate and the initial reactor charge) and the other chemicals (acetic acid, ammonia, caustic soda, sulfuric acid).

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:

Phase 5

It is quite impressive what you have achieved by manipulating the feed mixture for the bioreactor! It points out that the rule of thumb “The biggest lever in bioprocesses is the optimization of the bioreactor, forget about the downstream!” somehow applies here…

You might have expected it, but now the time has come to give you full access to the bioreactors feed. Be careful when reducing the air stream, your bacteria will not like to be suffocated 😊

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!


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.