- Gain the practical skills and knowledge to specify a complete problem description
- Build a flowsheet and run simulations
- Tabulate and plot simulation results
- Use automation to pass information to and from Microsoft® Excel and control the simulation
- Instruction on basic topics
- Demonstrations of general features
- Instructor-guided exercises
- Hands-on workshops that apply learned concepts
- Example problems
- Detailed course notes
Pre-requisitesThe course assumes little or no familiarity with the use of Aspen Custom Modeler Familiarity with process modeling and modeling techniques is expected.
Subsequent CoursesEAP101 Aspen Plus: Process Modeling EAP2411 Aspen Plus Dynamics
AgendaGraphical User Interface
Review of Equation Oriented Concepts
- Describe navigation through ACM graphical user interface
- Provides a quick tour of Aspen Custom Modeler with a simple example
- Learn how to create a flowsheet
- Workshop: Build a simple flowsheet and run the simulation.
Overview of the Modeling Language
- Explain; Equation Oriented modeling, Principle of system resolution, Steady state modes, Initialization and dynamic modes
- Explain Aspen Custom Modeler language syntax for: Model, Variable Types, Port Types
- Workshop: Illustrate Variable Type, Port Type and Model.
- Identify and explain the parameter types used by Aspen Custom Modeler
- Explain Structural and Run Time conditions
- Workshop: Extend a tank model to add an overflow port
- Identify and explain stream types used by Aspen Custom Modeler
- Workshop: Create a stream type to convert from volume flowrate to mass flowrate.
Non Isothermal CSTR
- Present less important details on modeling language and graphical user interface
Sets and Arrays
- Workshop: Build a model for a non-isothermal CSTR reactor, cooled with a jacket
- Explain how to declare sets (group of elements).
- Show how to use sets.
Forms (Tables and Plots)
- Identify and explain multiports
- Workshop: Illustrate the use of sets, arrays and multiports..
Submodels and Hierarchy Blocks
- Show how to display data in Aspen Custom Modeler graphical user interface using Forms
- Explain different types of forms; Table, Plots, History Table
- Workshop: Create model forms.
- Explain submodels and Hierarchy blocks
- Workshop: Build a model using submodels.
Handling Components and Physical Properties
- Identify and explain structure types.
- Workshop: Use the structure type to store saturation pressure parameters.
- Workshop: Use the structure type to store reaction data.
Snapshots and Results
- Show how to set up properties to be used by Aspen Custom Modeler
- Explain how to create Component lists
- Show how to handle physical property calculation with procedures and submodels
- Workshop: Use Aspen Properties for the physical property calculations in ACM
- Identify the purpose of snapshots and results
- Explain usage of snapshot management tool
- Show where snapshots and results are located
- Rewind and Restart operations
- Copy Values and Advanced Copy Values
- Workshop: Illustrate the use of Rewind and Snapshots.
- Identify the purpose of tasks
- Explain syntax of task instructions
- Workshop: Use the task feature to model a lifting valve and a step change on a variable.
- Identify and explain group decomposition, variable equivalencing and non-linear system resolution.
- Discuss modeling advice recommendations
- Review convergence troubleshooting options
- Workshop: Use some of tools and settings available in Aspen Custom Modeler to troubleshooting convergence problems.
Scripts and Automation
- Review integrator options
- Present concept of index
- Provide advice for troubleshooting
- Show Simulation scripts
- Show how to run ACM from Excel (Automation)
- Workshop: Complete the workshop to illustrate use of scripts in Aspen Custom Modeler
- Complete the workshop to illustrate use of automation of Aspen Custom Modeler with Excel.
- Create procedures to interface ACM to FORTRAN/C/C++ calculations
- Model partial differential equations
- Introduction to Estimation
- Review of optimization capabilities
- Export ACM models to Aspen Plus (or Aspen HYSYS®)
- Demonstrate Aspen Model Runner
- Each lecture is typically followed by a workshop
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.