From Digital Prototype to Digital Twin

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Why Process Simulation? Metallurgical and chemical plants are complicated, consisting of interconnected areas with equipment of varying availability and reliability. Due to their complex nature, maximising asset utilisation and planning efficient production is inherently challenging. Process simulation within a robust solver allows for capturing and balancing the interaction of process units and analysing their effect on plant productivity and consumption….

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Best Alumina Paper at ICSOBA 2022

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Honoured to be awarded Best Alumina Paper at ICSOBA 2022. Congratulations to Ab Rijkeboer of Rinalco and co-authors John McFeaters and Dan Manché of SysCAD! In the paper, we introduce a new agglomeration kernel based on the work of René David (implemented in SysCAD as ‘David-Rijkeboer’), accounting for both laminar and turbulent flow regimes within a precipitation tank. We also present an operations-focused calibration wheel,…

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SysCAD at ICSOBA 2022

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We’re exhibiting at ICSOBA 2022 in Athens, Greece, Oct. 10-14. Please visit our booth to say hello and discuss your process modelling requirements with Dan Manché and Ab Rijkeboer, experts in Bayer process simulation. Ab, representing Rinalco, will be presenting the paper “Advances in Process Simulation of Agglomeration in Bayer Precipitation”, co-authored by John McFeaters and Dan Manché of SysCAD. In this…

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SysCAD at COM 2022

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We’re exhibiting at the return of COM in Montreal, Aug. 21-24. This conference offers networking, curated plenaries, speakers & discussions on the theme “Pathway to Net Zero”. Please stop by at our booth to say hi and discuss your process modelling requirements with John McFeaters, Kevin Heppner and Tanai Marín. Kevin will also be presenting at the conference with the…

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Thermodynamic Calculation Engines in SysCAD

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Many industrial and mineral processes are dependent on highly complex chemical interactions. These reactions and thermochemical processes are often simplified in traditional process simulation. Process efficiencies, however, are often found “close to the edge”. As such, a thorough understanding of process chemistry is key to better design, efficient operation, and real-world optimisation. With the introduction of Thermodynamic Calculation Engines (TCEs),…

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SysCAD at GTT Users’ Meeting 2022

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We are attending the GTT-Technologies Users’ Meeting this week on June 29 – 30. Tanai Marin and Kevin Heppner will present on Dynamic Simulation of Batch Copper Converting using SysCAD with ChemApp. Copper converting, where iron and sulphur are removed from the molten matte, is typically carried out by Peirce-Smith Converting process. SysCAD with ChemApp was used to develop a…

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SysCAD at ALTA 2022

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We are proud to be presenting two papers and hosting a booth at ALTA 2022, ALTA Metallurgical Services’ world-class annual metallurgical conference. SysCAD will be represented in Perth by Rob Winter and Peter Marsh, and online by Kevin Heppner. Digital Transformation using Simulation in a Project Life Cycle, presented by Rob Winter on 22 May. The use of Process Simulation…

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Potash – Process Modelling for a Growing Industry

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As the global population increases and the diets of people around the world include more protein, potash production is becoming increasingly important. Primarily used to produce fertiliser, potash refers to a broad range of compounds bearing potassium (K). As one of the “Big 3” essential nutrients in commercial fertilisers, NPK – Nitrogen, Phosphorus & Potassium[1], potassium is vital to crop…

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Bayer Process Modelling for the Alumina Industry

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Aluminium oxide (Al2O3), or alumina, is an important feedstock in a range of industries, primarily aluminium smelting, but also the production of abrasives, refractories, ceramics, glass, electronics and even cosmetics. Purity and particle size of this white powder must be carefully managed during its refining to meet strict downstream criteria. Alumina refineries employ the Bayer process (named for its inventor…

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SysCAD Build 139 Released

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We are excited to announce the release of SysCAD Build 139!  This latest version is equipped with new features and is ready to support the next generation of process models and digital twins.  New and improved process unit models  Thermodynamic equilibrium add-ons  User interface and UX enhancements  More robust solver engine  New reporting and integration tools  New example projects and…

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