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Process Simulation Cup 2019

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.


As a Shift Supervisor, you must maximize the shift profit during a changeover.


The oleochemical plant is a two-step distillation plant. 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.


  • PSC challenge consists of several task phases that are progressively rolled out throughout the year.
  • Not having participated in one or more task phases doesn’t impact the chances of winning the Overall Winner title. The Overall Winners are only determined in the final task phase at the end of the year.
  • In PSC task phases design variables displayed as inactive on the submission form will be gradually unlocked. Some values might also change.
  • The time and date of the new phases aren’t defined in advance.


Download the PSC2019 poster here:


PSC2019 Timeline

15 February 2019: Launch of PSC2019

17 January 2020: Submission closing day for PSC2019