Modeling and Optimizing FCC Reactor Using Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining

Modeling an ideal refinery is key to successful operations to prevent bottlenecks and maximize profits. In this class, you will learn and apply best practices to build, troubleshoot and optimize FCC reactor model unit using Aspen HYSYS® Petroleum Refining. In this class, you will also learn technique to generate delta vectors which can be used in the refinery LP planning model (Aspen PIMS) to improve refinery crude feedstock selection and plant-wide optimization. This customized course is primarily workshop-based with an introductory lecture and demonstration.


  • Refinery process and design professionals working in the operation, design and troubleshooting of all refining activities especially those with a focus on the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit
  • Process engineers doing refinery process design and optimization projects and studies
  • Plant and Facility engineers who evaluate FCC reactor performance under different operating conditions
  • Process engineers wishing to gain a perspective of how the FCCU fits into the operation of a complete refining plant

Training Details

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    2 day(s)

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  • Build, evaluate Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Reactor 
  • Learn how to create refinery reactor templates - Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Reactor
  • Troubleshoot and Optimize FCC reactor units


  • Overview of FCC Reactor Model Configuration & Workflow
  • Hands on Workshops
  • Experienced instructor-guided demonstration
  • Q&A on student specific problems


Familiarity with process simulation is preferred, but not required. Having refinery work experience is added advantage to understand various units of refining plant. 

Subsequent Courses

Course Series Information

Please note this is a course series that includes selected content from the following courses:
  • EHY150 Refinery Process Modeling using Aspen HYSYS and Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining


Overview Refinery Reactors
  • Recognize application and usage of Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining Reactors
  • Review refinery reactor capabilities in Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining
  • Introduce workflow of various reactor models
Getting Started Hysys Petroleum Refining
  • Introduce Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining
  • Outline the workflow for starting a HYSYS Petroleum Refining Simulation
  • Discuss Petroleum Assay input options
  • Use HYSYS Petroleum Refining assays with in a process flowsheet
  • Workshop: Add assay data with petroleum properties and install into a flowsheet material stream
Petroleum Feeder
  • Add a Petroleum Feeder unit operation to a HYSYS Petroleum Refining simulation
  • Describe how a Petroleum Feeder can be used to setup feeds as blends and/or cuts of petroleum assays
  • Workshop: Introduce a Petroleum Feeder to a flowsheet and explore petroleum stream physical properties
Assay Manipulator
  • Use the Assay Manipulator operation to adjust petroleum properties
  • Workshop: Modify petroleum properties using the Assay Manipulator
Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Reactor
  • Create and configure FCC (Fluidized Catalytic Cracking) template
  • Calibrate an FCC model using a variety of data sets
  • Import FCC reactor model into a HYSYS Petroleum Refining flowsheet and integrate it with other unit operations
  • Use the case study feature to evaluate fluid catalytic reactor model performance with various operating conditions
  • Workshop: Create an FCC template file and use it to test a variety of operational parameters; calibrate FCC with different data sets and introduce it to an Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining flowsheet
Engineering Study and Refinery Planning Model Update for FCC Optimization
  • Implement Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining to help on engineering study and refinery planning model update
  • Adjust petroleum properties with Assay Manipulator operations
  • Discuss the transfer of data from Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining to Aspen PIMS for on-demand adjustments to refinery planning models
  • Use the case study to analyze engineering problem and generate Linear Programming (LP) sub-model data
  • Workshop: Review and understand workflow for making HYSYS model data readable by Aspen PIMS for FCC reactor model

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Aspen Technology, Inc. awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for training classes conducted by our organization. One CEU is granted for every 10 hours of class participation.