Honeywell Process Solutions announced today that four students from Curtin University in Sarawak, Malaysia, have been named winners of the annual Honeywell UniSim® Design Student Challenge, which is designed to challenge students to solve real-world problems facing industrial processing plants.
Engineering students Ren Jie Lee, Shih Chiang Lim, Tze Mun Sam and Ying Ting Loo will showcase their winning submission to more than 1,000 attendees at the 2015 Honeywell Users Group (HUG) EMEA Conference today in Madrid, Spain. Their research sponsor, Dr. Mesfin Getu Woldetensay, will also attend HUG.
The students’ project detailed improvements that could be made to the energy efficiency of gas processing plants, by retrofitting natural gas liquid fractionation trains using an innovative self-heat recuperative process. This increases the efficiency of natural gas and gas liquids plants – an issue that is critical globally as the energy industry struggles to keep up with consumer and commercial demand.
“The students from Curtin University have approached a familiar industry issue in a totally fresh and creative way,” said Ali Raza, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Process Solutions’ Advanced Solutions business. “Their retrofit solution has the potential to save plant operators millions of dollars every year. It is bright and commercially viable ideas such as this, from tomorrow’s process industry leaders, that we aim to inspire every year through this competition.”
Honeywell’s UniSim Design Student Challenge seeks to recognize some of the most talented engineering students around the world. It challenges students to solve real-world problems facing industrial processing plants by using Honeywell’s UniSim Design process simulation and design software, which is used by manufacturers throughout the globe. Winners earn the chance to present their research projects to many of the world’s top manufacturers, and potential employers, at HUG.
Honeywell’s UniSim Design Suite provides an interactive process model that allows engineers to create steady-state and dynamic models and is used extensively for plant design, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, operational improvement, business planning, and asset management around the world. UniSim Design models may be leveraged into advanced training and optimization solutions provided by the UniSim Operations and UniSim Optimization suites.
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