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PSE Awards €5000 “Model-Based Innovation” Prizes

Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), providers of the gPROMS advanced process modelling software and model-based engineering services, today announced the winners of the prestigious PSE Model-Based Innovation Prize for 2010.

The winners of the main €3000 prize are Ala Eldin Bouaswaig and Prof. Sebastian Engell from the Process Dynamics and Operations Group of Technische Universitat Dortmund, Germany for their paper “WENO scheme with static grid adaptation for tracking steep moving fronts” , published in Chemical Engineering Science in March 2009.

The paper presents a novel numerical method for the efficient solution of convection-dominated partial differential equations, a key technology for the design of complex reaction, polymerisation and energy processes. The judges summarised the winning paper as “an excellent technical work proposing a new numerical method for the efficient solution of parabolic differential equations.”

The two €1000 runners-up prizes were won by a German team for work on optimisation of load changes in large-scale chemical plants and a Chinese team working on solid oxide fuel cell development.

Prof. Engell says “We were absolutely delighted to win the prize. It is a great acknowledgement for Mr. Bouaswaig's work. This type of approach is particularly important for the design and optimisation of processes in which population balances of particles are involved. We use it to simulate and to control the evolution of the particle size distribution in emulsion polymerisation reactors. Other potential application areas are non-isothermal tubular catalytic reactors and pressure swing adsorptive reactors, where the solution profiles are usually very steep.”

gPROMS is the world’s leading modelling environment for such applications, and is widely used throughout the chemicals, energy, petrochemical, food and pharmaceuticals sectors, including some 200 academic organisations.

Mark Matzopoulos, Chief Operating Officer of PSE, says “As a company closely involved in research and innovation throughout the process industries, we are keen to recognise and foster the efforts of others who are doing the same. We congratulate the winners on the depth and quality of their work.”

Further information including photographs: www.psenterprise.com/news/pr101123.html

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