A Lamar University research assistant studying how dynamic simulation can create safer and more-reliable chemical plant operations is the winner of Honeywell's annual student competition in the Americas. Ph.D. student M.A. Kader Rasel was announced the winner of the UniSim Design Challenge to attendees at the 2013 Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas conference held in Phoenix.
The competition, one of three held at Honeywell's global HUG customer conferences, seeks to recognize some of the most-talented engineering students around the world. It challenges the students to solve real-world problems facing industrial processing plants using Honeywell's UniSim Design process simulation and design software, which is used by manufacturers throughout the globe. Winning students earn the chance to present their research projects to many of the world's top manufacturers, and potential employers, at HUG.
"One of the keys to maximizing productivity while maintaining safety lies in turning data into knowledge, and Kader Rasel's UniSim Design Challenge project illustrates that perfectly," said Vimal Kapur, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Process Solutions' Advanced Solutions business.
Rasel and his professor, Dr. Peyton C. Richmond, presented the project, Using Honeywell UniSim Design to Simulate Transitions and Faults. For this project, the two used UniSim Design to study the behavior of simple transitions – such as equipment and unit changeover – in process operation. Dynamic simulation allowed Rasel and Richmond to observe the effects of transitions on process variables and implement an effective fault-detection technique. The resulting tools can be used to improve an operator's ability to consistently follow procedures during transitions and thereby improve plant safety and reliability.
For more information, please visit http://unisim.studentcompetitions.com.