Solids Modeling Using Aspen Plus

Become proficient in modeling processes containing solids handling equipment. Determine optimal process conditions for new or existing solids processes. Support troubleshooting and de-bottlenecking of solids processes.


  • Process Engineers and Particle Scientists who will be modeling solids processes
  • Engineers and Managers involved in developing and designing solids handling processes
  • Anyone interested in solids modeling

Training Details

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    2 day(s)

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  • Gain the practical skills and knowledge to begin modeling new and existing solids processes
  • Learn practical techniques for building and troubleshooting solids models
  • Reduce process design time by testing various plant configurations


  • Instruction on basic topics
  • Discussion about the general approach and the key elements for successful solids simulations
  • Instructor-guided demonstrations of features
  • Detailed course notes
  • Answer keys


EAP101 Aspen Plus: Process Modeling


Introduction to Solids Modeling
  • Recognize the importance of solids modeling in industry
  • Understand the differences between modeling solids and fluids
  • Review applications of Aspen Plus solids unit operations
  • Demonstrate how to access literature on processes with solids in Process Manual from Aspen Plus

Solids Components
  • Review the types of solid components in Aspen Plus
  • Recognize the required physical properties for modeling Conventional Inert and Non-Conventional solids
  • Explore property model options for solids
  • Recognize if required properties are available in databanks
  • Demonstrate how to enter non-conventional solid components (like wood pulp and coal) in simulation
  • Workshop: Enter solid components and determine available properties for a solids process flowsheet

Solids Streams
  • Identify and explain the concept of stream classes in Aspen Plus
  • Discuss how stream classes are used to carry solids attributes
  • Identify how to account for moisture in solids
  • Demonstrate how to create stream classes and apply to a flowsheet section
  • Workshop: Assign stream classes to flowsheet sections of a solids dryer flowsheet

Particle Size Distribution (PSD)
  • Discuss how to track PSD and average particle sizes
  • Create PSD Meshes and use PSD functions
  • View PSD graphically with plots
  • View additional PSD values using Property Sets
  • Workshop: Create a PSD mesh and use a PSD function to define a PSD for a urea granulation flowsheet and individual stream

Solids Unit Operation Models Overview
  • Differentiate between Simulation and Design modes
  • Discuss use of rigorous versus short-cut calculation methods within each unit operation
  • Review the different unit operation models available for solids modeling
  • Demonstrate a Screen application using multiple solid substreams
  • Workshop: Explore unit operation model modes (Simulation vs Design) and methods (Rigorous vs Conceptual) using a Cyclone model

Urea Process Model
  • Review a Urea overall process
  • Discuss the unit operations used to model the granulation process
  • Workshop: Create and run a simple urea granulation process flowsheet containing a granulator, screen and crusher unit operations

Results Characterization and Optimization
  • Review stream and block results for solids processes in Aspen Plus
  • Graphically review results using PSD and Separation Efficiency plots
  • Enhance results using Custom Tables to view key operating parameters
  • Workshop: Explore and enhance the results of the urea granulation process flowsheet created in the previous module. Use Sensitivity Analysis to minimize recycle solids flow.

Drying Process Models
  • Discuss modeling of dryer and dryer model types in Aspen Plus
  • Understand how to generate a normalized drying curve
  • Discuss belt dryer and fluidized bed dryer operations.
  • Demonstrate modeling of multi-stage Belt dryer
  • Demonstrate modeling of multi-stage fluidized bed dryer
  • Workshop: ┬áComplete and run a single-stage Belt Dryer Process model
  • Workshop: Complete and run a single-stage Fluidized Bed Dryer Process model

Solids Reactors
  • Explain how to simulate reactions involving solids using RSTOIC, RYIELD, RCSTR and RGIBBS models
  • Learn how to specify reactor product particle size distribution (PSD)
  • Workshop: Setup a model for the synthesis of ammonium phosphate for fertilizer production

Fluid Bed Reactor Process Model
  • Discuss the Fluid Bed solids unit operation model
  • Demonstrate how to add reactions to the Fluid Bed model
  • Workshop: Complete and run a Fluid Bed Reactor Process workshop

Pneumatic Conveying
  • Classify the pneumatic conveying processes and modes, for modeling in Aspen Plus
  • Explore the details of using pipe and pipeline unit operations for pneumatic conveying modeling
  • Demonstrate modeling of a Pneumatic Conveying process
  • Demonstrate accessing literature on pneumatic conveying in Process Manual from Aspen Plus help menu

Register for a Class

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Date(s): 09/16/2021 - 09/17/2021 Type: Public Virtual Location: Virtual-Americas Price: (USD) 1400.00 Language: English Register
Date(s): 09/2/2021 - 09/3/2021 Type: Public Classroom Location: 2500 Citywest Blvd, Suite 1600
Houston , Texas USA 77042
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Date(s): 08/19/2021 - 08/20/2021 Type: Public Classroom Location: Rm. 801, Hyundai Motor Tower, No. 38 Xiaoyun Road. Chao Yang District
Beijing , China 100027
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Date(s): 09/23/2021 - 09/24/2021 Type: Public Classroom Location:
Seoul , South Korea
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Date(s): 09/27/2021 - 09/28/2021 Type: Public Classroom Location: Kojimachi Crystal City 10F 4-8 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo , Japan 102-0083
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