Two Brazilian chemical engineering students who used simulation software to show how pollutants can be removed from contaminated water are the winners of Honeywell Process Solution’s (HPS) annual UniSim Design Challenge.
Mariana Kaori Kobayashi Cunha from the University of Sao Paolo Polytechnic School and Herbert Senzano Lopes from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte designed a solution to treat water used in oil and gas exploration and production for different reuses, including human consumption. The pair worked on the project with Professor Galo Carrillo Le Roux of the University of Sao Paolo Polytechnic School. Lopes was also named the winner of the 2014 UniSim Design Challenge for his project on pipeline flare gas being reused to generate electricity.
With UniSim Design R430, Kobayashi, Lopes and Le Roux determined how to treat water contaminated with toxic compounds such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX) through a clean process using oxygen in the air and energy generated by production processes. Using a supercritical water reactor (SCWR), the toxic compounds were converted to make the water safe again for humans and the environment.
The UniSim Design Challenge allows engineering students to propose solutions to real-world problems facing process manufacturers with Honeywell’s UniSim Design Suite software. 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, UniSim Optimization and UniSim Competency suite.
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