Experiences on dynamic simulation software in chemical engineering education

Tiina M. Komulainen*, Rasmus Enemark-Rasmussen, Gürkan Sin, John P. Fletcher, David Cameron

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Commercial process simulators are increasing interest in the chemical engineer education. In this paper, the use of commercial dynamic simulation software, D-SPICE® and K-Spice®, for three different chemical engineering courses is described and discussed. The courses cover the following topics: basic chemical engineering, operability and safety analysis and process control. User experiences from both teachers and students are presented. The benefits of dynamic simulation as an additional teaching tool are discussed and summarized. The experiences confirm that commercial dynamic simulators provide realistic training and can be successfully integrated into undergraduate and graduate teaching, laboratory courses and research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e153-e162
Number of pages10
JournalEducation for Chemical Engineers
Issue number4
Early online date20 Jul 2012
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • distillation
  • dynamic simulation
  • oil and gas processing
  • process control
  • process model


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